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Weakness in the Hand of a Woman During Pregnancy 

Weakness in the Hand of a Woman During Pregnancy
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Weakness in the Hand of a Woman During Pregnancy
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Janet Waters

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10.1093/med/9780190609917.003.0023
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date: 22 November 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common neuropathy experienced by pregnant women. It has an incidence of 3.4% in the general population in the United States. It occurs more frequently in pregnant women than in the general population, with an incidence of 17%. It is the most common mononeuropathy in pregnant women. This chapter covers the symptoms and signs that allow a clinician to make the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Neuroanatomy and physiological changes that predispose pregnant women to this disorder are described. Management and prognosis of carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy are discussed: conservative management with wrist splints worn at night is effective in over 80% of patients. Local steroid injections can provide relief in patients with severe symptoms.

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