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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Diabetes

separator People with diabetes are at increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, but the current testing methods used to diagnose the condition may not always be accurate in a person who has diabetes. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when one of the nerves that passes through the wrist becomes compressed. Symptoms include numbness, weakness, tingling and pain in the fingers and the hand.

The conventional test for diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome is a non-invasive procedure called a nerve conduction study. A recent study has shown that this test is not always effective for people with diabetes. Researchers suggest that physicians should pay more attention to the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in people with diabetes, rather than relying on the nerve conduction test.

Be sure to pay attention to the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, and talk to your doctor about them.

Diabetes Care, March 2002q
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