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Acta Neurológica Colombiana

versão impressa ISSN 0120-8748


GUEVARA-CUELLAR, Cesar Augusto  e  TAKEUCHI-TAN, Yuri. Factors associated with quality of life in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Acta Neurol Colomb. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.2, pp.82-88. ISSN 0120-8748.

Introduction. This study identifies the factors associated with the deterioration in the quality of life in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Materials and methods. A questionnaire with demographic and clinical variables, the EQ-5D and the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire with symptoms (BCTQ SSS) and functional (BCTQ FSS) subscales were applied to patients over 18 years of age with a diagnosis confirmed by electrodiagnostic studies. Results. The study involved 53 patients (71,7% women) with a mean age of 55,5 (± 13) years. The EQ-5D scores at baseline and 6 months were 0,55 (± 0,30) and 0,81 (± 0,23) respectively. The BCTQ SSS was 2,28 (± 0,78) and 2,05 (± 0,83) and BCTQ FSS was 2,29 (± 0,85) and 1,80 (± 0,76) to baseline and 6 months respectively. The domain of the EQ-5D showed higher proportion of patients (90,5%) in scores was moderate to severe "pain." Patients who received surgical treatment only showed better scores in the EQ-5D compared to those who received medical treatment (0,92 vs 0,77; P = 0,02). Factors associated with worse subjective assessments were rated "severe" in studies of nerve conduction velocity and classification of "moderate" in the domain of "activities of daily living" and "pain" in the EQ-5D. Conclusion. The impact on the quality of life is associated with impairment of activities of daily living, the presence of pain and evidence of major damage in the electrophysiological study.

Palavras-chave : Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Quality of Life; Peripheral Nerve; Patient Outcome Assessment.

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