Carpal tunnel syndrome in Lyme borreliosis

Muscle Nerve. 1989 May;12(5):397-400. doi: 10.1002/mus.880120510.


Neurophysiologic evidence of median nerve entrapment in the carpal tunnel was present in 25% of patients with late Lyme borreliosis. Sixty-eight of 76 consecutive, prospectively studied patients with late Lyme underwent neurophysiologic testing. Nineteen reported intermittent hand paresthesias; 17 had neurophysiologically confirmed carpal tunnel syndrome. This was not consistently associated with clinically apparent wrist arthritis or with neurophysiologically evident peripheral neuropathy. We conclude that a significant proportion of patients with late Lyme borreliosis develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lyme Disease / complications*
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies