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
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MASSEY EW, O'BRIAN JT, GEORGES LP. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Secondary to Carpopedal Spasm. Ann Intern Med. 1978;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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