Hydrocortisone injections for carpal tunnel syndrome

Hand. 1980 Feb;12(1):62-4. doi: 10.1016/s0072-968x(80)80031-3.


The effects of local hydrocortisone acetate injections in patients with a carpal tunnel syndrome are reported. In a prospective study of sixty one wrists injected, fifty five (90%) had initial symptomatic relief. At review after one year forty one wrists had relapsed (67%) requiring decompression. In view of the poor long term response to injection it was decided to test the accuracy of the sitting technique in a separate consecutive series of twenty six wrists at operation. The needle was found to be correctly sited in twenty four wrists (92%). It is suggested that, as initially considerable symptomatic relief can be achieved, the principal value of steroid injections lies as a palliative remedy whilst decompression is awaited.

MeSH terms

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrocortisone / administration & dosage*
  • Hydrocortisone / therapeutic use
  • Injections, Intra-Articular
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Palliative Care
  • Prospective Studies
  • Recurrence


  • Hydrocortisone