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Ulnar nerve entrapment – symptoms and treatment

Is surgery always needed?

Second only to carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapment is one of the most common nerve injuries of the upper extremity.

The ulnar nerve can be compressed at several sites, including the brachial plexus, Guyon’s canal and the cubital tunnel. Patients with ulnar nerve entrapment often present with sensory deficits over the 4th and 5th finger, loss of strength in the hand with tasks (such as opening a bottle) and pain that intensifies with positions of flexed elbows (buttoning a shirt, etc).

The authors of this review performed a literature search to explore diagnostic and treatment options for suspected ulnar nerve entrapment.

 
 

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