Keywords : Third trimester
PREVALENCE OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME IN PREGNANT WOMEN IN A TERTIARY CARE TEACHING HOSPITAL IN CENTRAL INDIA
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 6, Pages 664-672
Background: Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a most common type of upper limb compression neuropathies. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common during pregnancy and the symptoms are mostly high in the third trimester. Various physiological and electro diagnostic tests are used to detect carpal tunnel syndrome in this stage. Aim: this study was aimed to find the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome among pregnant women.
Materials & Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out in the department of orthopedics in Gajara Raja Medical College, Gwalior, India. Pregnant women presenting with sign and symptoms of CTS were enrolled in our study.
Results: Among 300 pregnant women, prevalence of CTS was 24 (8%). Majority of the women (66%) were found in third trimester of pregnancy. 37.4% pregnant women were 26-30 years age group, 54% was primiparous and 65.3% women were obese category. Physiologic tests (Phalen’s Test, Tinel’s sign and Carpal Compression Test) used for diagnosis of CTS.
Conclusion: Prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome was higher among pregnant women mainly in third trimester.