Öznur Öken, Sema Atalay Çatal, Esma Ceceli, Z. Rezan Yorgancıoğlu

Keywords: Carpal tunnel syndrome, diagnostic tests, hand diagram


The most common pathology in patients with upper limb paresthesia is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Most valuable clue for diagnosis is obtained from patient's history. Hand diagram developed by Katz and Stirrat has been used for evaluation of patients with upper limb numbness, pins-needles sensation in some of the hand clinics.

We also tested hand diagram on patients who were complaining paresthesia in upper extremities. We concluded that, this diagram is an extremely easy to apply and inexpensive method and, it can be used in hand clinics in addition to other diagnostic tests.