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Steroid injection is as successful as surgery for carpal tunnel at one year

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 26 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-f

Question Is local steroid injection for carpal tunnel syndrome as effective as surgery?

Synopsis Adults with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) referred to a special carpal tunnel clinic were eligible to participate in this study if they had had symptoms for more than three months and didn't respond to two weeks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and splinting. The authors confirmed CTS by electrodiagnostic testing. Patients were randomly assigned to surgery (n = 80) or local steroid injection …

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