E. WAYNE MASSEY; JOHN T. O'BRIAN; LEON P. GEORGES
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common neuropathy that is either idiopathic or occurs in association with a wide variety of other disorders (1). We describe here what we believe is the first report of carpal tunnel syndrome occurring as a consequence of prolonged hypocalcemic carpopedal spasm in a patient with hypoparathyroidism.
A 55-year-old right-handed white woman underwent total thyroidectomy and left radical neck dissection in 1962 for thyroid carcinoma with lymph node metastases. Postoperatively, she developed hypoparathyroidism and was placed on vitamin D and calcium. Her hypocalcemia nonetheless persisted, and she suffered intermittent episodes of tetany. She had recently presented
MASSEY EW, O'BRIAN JT, GEORGES LP. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Secondary to Carpopedal Spasm. Ann Intern Med. ;88:804–805. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-6-804_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(6):804-805.
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