Department| Volume 20, ISSUE 4, P359-360, October 2007

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Validation of Morphology and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Results of a Cross-Cultural Collaboration

      Purpose: The etiology of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) has been indicated as multi-factorial. Symptoms are used as part of the diagnostic process of the disease. If patients from 2 different cultures express the same symptoms, it will strengthen the validity of these symptoms as universal acceptable symptoms of disease from a patient perspective. Information is lacking how symptoms are related to morphology of the wrist of patients with CTS. The Carpal Tunnel Symptom Severity Scale, in short CTS3, was developed to assess each symptom on its own merit. The scale uses a 5-point ordinal scale and was translated into Turkish. A method of morphologic ultrasonography (USG) was developed in Turkey to assess the morphology of patients with CTS.
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