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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 123-124

Assessing surgical methods for treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome - which is the best?

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Brian Wu
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
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DOI: 10.4103/2542-4157.213700

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Cubital tunnel syndrome is a common and debilitating cause of upper extremity neuropathy. Several surgical options exist for treating this condition, including simple decompression, subcutaneous anterior transposition, and submuscular anterior translocation. The literature shows no clear differences in outcomes of these procedures. Consequently, the decision of which procedure to perform is often a matter of surgeon preference. Liu et al. has designed a blinded, randomized clinical trial to compare outcomes at 6 months postoperatively. This commentary addresses strengths and potential areas of improvement in the study protocol. With revision, the aforementioned study could provide clinical value in determining the ideal surgical option for cubital tunnel syndrome that maximizes reduction of symptoms while minimizing complications.

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