What causes ulnar neuropathy at or near the elbow?

Updated: Jun 08, 2018
  • Author: Charles F Guardia, III, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Factors that may cause ulnar neuropathy at or near the elbow include the following:

  • Compression during general anesthesia

  • Blunt trauma

  • Deformities (eg, rheumatoid arthritis)

  • Metabolic derangements (eg, diabetes)

  • Transient occlusion of the brachial artery during surgery [69]

  • Subdermal contraceptive implant [70]

  • Venipuncture [71]

  • Hemophilia [72] leading to hematomas

  • Malnutrition leading to muscle atrophy and loss of fatty protection across the elbow and other joints

  • Cigarette smoking [73]


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