BACKGROUND: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other focal neuropathies are very common around the world. The standard for diagnosing these conditions, Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) studies,are both painful and invasive. Ultrasound measurement of the median nerve cross-sectional area at the wrist has been explored by  Drs. Walhout, Van den Burg, Bathala and Visser and have shown it to be a useful diagnostic test for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

HYPOTHESIS: The primary objective of our study is to make a correlation between a person’s height and cross-sectional area of the median nerve. If our mathematical model is viable, we will be able to calculate standard measurements for nerves which can help us to diagnose common pathologies. Our second objective is to help establish this as an effective technique for diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other focal neuropathies as opposed to the current standard use of EMG and/or NCS.

CURRENT FINDINGS: We are currently enrolling an additional 10-20 subjects at the tall end of the height spectrum to complement data already obtained among 6 – 10 year old children.

GOAL: We are working to develop a viable mathematical model that can help us create standard values for nerves that can provide for the diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other common pathologies.  Currently, we have achieved 85% success rate in proving our proposed correlation. Following the enrollment of a few more study participants, we can proceed to data review.

RELATED STUDY: Along with colleagues from Ljubljana, Slovenia, Dr. Bodor recently published a research paper titled “Nerve Conduction Velocity and Cross-Sectional Area in Ulnar Neuropathy at the Elbow” in Muscle & Nerve (March 2017 edition).

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All the research conducted through the Napa Medical Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is fully funded through generous donations received from individuals and family foundations.

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