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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Guyon Syndrome)

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which there is pressure on the median nerve - the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.

Causes for carpal tunnel syndrome (guyon syndrome)

The median nerve provides feeling and movement to the "thumb side" of the hand (the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and thumb side of the ring finger).

The area in your wrist where the nerve enters the hand is called the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is normally narrow, so any swelling can pinch the nerve and cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome.

Some people who develop this problem were born with a carpal tunnel that is small.

Many people believe that carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by making the same hand and wrist motion over and over. In fact, using hand tools that vibrate may lead to carpal tunnel.

Yet, there are no good studies that prove carpal tunnel is caused by typing on a computer, using a mouse, or repeating movements while working, playing an instrument, or playing sports.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs most often in people 30 to 60 years old, and is more common in women than men.

Other factors that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Bone fractures and arthritis of the wrist
  • Cyst or tumor that grows in the wrist
  • Infections
  • Obesity
  • If your body keeps extra fluids during pregnancy or menopause
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

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