Postoperative Changes in Nerve Conduction Times After Neurolysis of the Distal Median Nerve
The median nerve conduction velocity and particularly the delayed distal latency of the muscular response potential (DML, distal motor latency) constitute — in addition to the clinical symptoms — the electrophysiological confirmation of carpal tunnel syndrome [2, 3, 6]. Since, however, a clinically relevant carpal tunnel syndrome in need of surgical therapy may also be found with normal nerve conduction times, DML is only an additional diagnostic measure secondary to the clinical signs [1, 4]. Furthermore, neurophysiological methods do not permit the differentiation of patients by those suited for conservative treatment and those who must be operated on. It is also not possible to derive any prognostic statements from the preoperative measurements .
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