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Northwestern Medical Journal
Ultrasonographic Assessment of Median Nerve Cross-Sectional Area in Obstetricians [ACH Medical Journal]
ACH Medical Journal. 2024; 3(1): 325-330 | DOI: 10.5505/achmedj.2024.02486

Ultrasonographic Assessment of Median Nerve Cross-Sectional Area in Obstetricians

Dilek Menekse Beser1, Deniz Oluklu1, Derya Uyan Hendem1, Sule Goncu Ayhan2, Atakan Tanacan3, Dilek Sahin3
1Department Of Obstetrics And Gynecology, Division Of Perinatology, Turkish Ministry Of Health Ankara City Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
3University of Health Sciences, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Perinatology, Turkish Ministry of Health Ankara City Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: We aimed to investigate whether the median nerve cross-sectional area (MNCSA) is affected in obstetricians due to occupational reasons
METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 93 participants were included. The median nerve cross-sectional area was measured by high-resolution ultrasonography, and clinical symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome were questioned.
RESULTS: The measurements of MNCSA for the right hand were higher in ≥ 8 years of working experience than in < 8 years of working experience (11mm2 vs. 8 mm2, p<0.001). A significant positive moderate correlation was also between right MNCSA and working experience and daily ultrasonography practice (r=0.557; p<0.001, r=0.561; p<0.001, respectively).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: This study showed that increased MNCSA was associated with obstetricians’ working experience and daily ultrasonography practice. Considering the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome in specific occupational groups, MNCSA measurement by ultrasound may contribute to early diagnosis and convenient selection for further diagnostic tests.

Keywords: Carpal tunnel syndrome, median nerve cross-sectional area, obstetricians, ultrasonography

Dilek Menekse Beser, Deniz Oluklu, Derya Uyan Hendem, Sule Goncu Ayhan, Atakan Tanacan, Dilek Sahin. Ultrasonographic Assessment of Median Nerve Cross-Sectional Area in Obstetricians. ACH Medical Journal. 2024; 3(1): 325-330

Corresponding Author: Dilek Menekse Beser, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English