Compression of the ulnar nerve on the medial aspect of the elbow where it enters the cubital tunnel results in cubital tunnel syndrome (CuTS). Elbow pain, loss of grip strength, and ...
Nocturnal elbow pain; medial elbow pain
Paresthesias along medial forearm, wrist, and 4th and 5th digits
Paresthesias: intermittent at first then more constant
History of elbow trauma
Mild CuTS can often be treated without surgery. Consider surgery if no change after 3 months.
If provocative causes can be identified and avoided, some recovery is likely.
Patients with progre...
In severe cases, the nerve damage may be permanent.
Patients with symptoms lasting >6 months have a worse prognosis.
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Shah CM, Calfee RP, Gelberman RH...
G56.20 Lesion of ulnar nerve, unspecified upper limb
G56.22 Lesion of ulnar nerve, left upper limb
G56.21 Lesion of ulnar nerve, right upper limb
S54.00XA Injury of ulnar nerve at forearm leve...
Elbow flexion decreases depth of cubital tunnel, compressing the ulnar nerve, and contributing to CuTS.
Sleeping with the elbow bent and arm overhead can exacerbate symptoms.
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