Neurological Sciences

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 243–252 | Cite as

Diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of the carpal tunnel syndrome: a review

  • Calogero Alfonso
  • Stefano Jann
  • Roberto Massa
  • Aldo TorreggianiEmail author
Review Article


The carpal tunnel syndrome is a compressive neuropathy with high incidence rates, and its correct diagnosis, treatment and follow-up may lead to significant benefits in healthcare, social and economic terms. In this review, based on systematic review databases and guidelines, we summarise the appropriate indications for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up, accompanied, whenever possible, by the levels of evidence and strength of recommendations.


Carpal tunnel syndrome Guidelines Surgical therapy Non-surgical therapy Katz hand diagram 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Calogero Alfonso
    • 1
  • Stefano Jann
    • 2
  • Roberto Massa
    • 3
  • Aldo Torreggiani
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.U.O. Ortopedia e TraumatologiaAzienda Ospedaliera di Bologna Policlinico S. Orsola-MalpighiBolognaItaly
  2. 2.U.O. NeurologiaA.O. Ospedale Maggiore NiguardaMilanItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Neuroscienze Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”RomeItaly
  4. 4.MilanItaly

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