Which terms are used to describe the site of elbow nerve entrapment in ulnar neuropathy?

Updated: Jun 08, 2018
  • Author: Charles F Guardia, III, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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As diagnostic and surgical methodologies have evolved over the past century, physicians’ ability to recognize and describe sites of entrapment has improved. However, the terminology used to describe ulnar nerve entrapment has become confusing, in that not all clinicians use the same words for the same things. This confusion can be illustrated by examining the terms applied to ulnar nerve entrapment in the elbow region, [16] of which the two most commonly used (and misused) are tardy ulnar palsy [17] and cubital tunnel syndrome. [18]


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