Kenneth Stevens, MD
To the Editor: I noticed that the recent article (1) and accompanying editorial (2) on work-related carpal tunnel syndrome did not mention an under-reported group of people: those involved with invasive cardiology. In our large multispecialty group, a number of cardiologists as well as cardiovascular technicians have the condition. Some of them have required constant splinting or a change in job whereas others have needed carpal tunnel release. This aspect of the syndrome appears related to the the performance of intra-aortic balloon pump and sheath removal for cardiac catheterization and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. At Marshfield, we are currently pursuing
Stevens K. The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Cardiologists. Ann Intern Med. ;112:796. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-10-796_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(10):796.
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