Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) the most common and the most widely known entrapment neuropathy. It is occurs when pressure is exerted on the median nerve that runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand. This leads to progressive pain, numbness and weakness in the palm associated with problems in fine movement and pain on the hand when tapping over the median nerve at wrist. To detect the ecological factors, determine adequate management of CTS among pregnant woman and to recommend suitable preventable measures of CTS.
This descriptive case series study was done among pregnant women admitted to antenatal ward or coming for antenatal visits were evaluated for carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome was diagnosed based on symptomatology and clinical examination.
Among the 74 pregnant ladies diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, the majority of cases were at age of 28-32 years (33.8%), 51.3% were housewives and 17.6% had hypertension. We observed in this study that the majority of cases were in their third trimester 56.8%, 29.7% in blood group A, 31.1% were primigravidae. However, no case underwent surgery.