Impact of technical variations on the ring-finger test for carpal tunnelsyndrome
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Original versionClinical Neurophysiology Practice. 2019, 5 23-29. 10.1016/j.cnp.2019.11.005
Objective To assess if recording the sensory latencies of the median and ulnar nerves one-by-one (consecutive) or at the same time (simultaneous) in the ring-finger test for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) will show equivalent results or if it will lead to a different clinical classification of patients. Methods We assessed the limits of agreement between the simultaneous and the consecutive method based on the median- ulnar sensory latency difference derived by both methods in 80 subjects and compared the number of minimal CTS cases identified by the two methods. Results Limits of agreement ranged from −0.23 to 0.29 ms. A significantly higher proportion of subjects with minimal CTS (only detectable by using the comparison test) was found using the simultaneous method (n = 8 and 2, respectively; p = 0.03). Conclusion The two methods have a poor to moderate agreement as indicated by the range of the limits of agreement (0.5 ms).