What are the challenges in diagnosing ulnar neuropathy?

Updated: Jun 08, 2018
  • Author: Charles F Guardia, III, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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When diagnostic problems occur, they are often related to the clinician’s failure to realize that diagnosis of ulnar neuropathy is difficult and requires great care. This condition is notably harder to diagnose or localize than the more common carpal tunnel syndrome is. Not uncommonly, precise localization of an ulnar neuropathy cannot be achieved, and the clinician should acknowledge when the data are insufficient to permit a reliable determination of where the ulnar lesion is located. Problems can occur at virtually every step.


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