The outcome of carpal tunnel decompression in patients with diabetes mellitus

The Bone & Joint Journal, 06/08/2012

Diabetic patients were more likely to have severe neurophysiological findings at presentation. Patients with diabetes had poorer QuickDASH scores at one year post–operatively, although the mean difference was lower than the minimal clinically important difference for this score. After controlling for underlying differences in age and gender, there was no difference between groups in the magnitude of improvement after decompression. Patients with diabetes mellitus can therefore be expected to enjoy a similar improvement in function.

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