Effects of chronic flexed wrist posture on the elasticity and cross-sectional area of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel among chronic stroke patients


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Aslan H., Analan P. D.

MEDICAL ULTRASONOGRAPHY, cilt.20, ss.71-75, 2018 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 20 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.11152/mu-1219
  • Dergi Adı: MEDICAL ULTRASONOGRAPHY
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.71-75

Özet

Aim: To investigate the effects of chronic flexed wrist posture following spasticity on the elasticity and cross-sectional area (CSA) of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel among chronic stroke patients. Material and method: This prospective study included 24 consecutive patients (mean age, 56.5 +/- 11.56 years) with unilateral wrist spasticity following a stroke in a chronic phase. The CSA of the median nerve was measured by ultrasound (US). The elasticity was measured by Virtual Touch tissue imaging quantification (VTIQ; Siemens, Erlangen, Germany). SWV and CSA of the median nerves of the affected and unaffected sides for each patient were compared. The correlations between duration of time since the stroke, SWV and CSA of the median nerve were assessed. The interobserver agreement was assessed. Results: The CSA of the median nerve at the affected side was significantly lower than that of the unaffected side (p = 0.03). The SWV of the median nerve at the affected side was significantly higher than that on the unaffected side (p < 0.001). The interobserver agreement was excellent for both CSA and SWV measurements. There was a negatively fair correlation between CSA at the affected side and duration of time since stroke (r = -0.58, p < 0.05). The SWV of the median nerve at the affected side was not correlated with the duration of time since stroke (r <= 0.3, p >= 0.05). Conclusions: These results suggest that chronic flexed wrist posture may cause atrophy of the median nerve due to chronic compression after stroke and increase in the stiffness of the median nerve.