Incidence of diagnosed carpal tunnel syndrome in a general population

Epidemiology. 1998 May;9(3):342-5.


We sought to determine the incidence rate of carpal tunnel syndrome in the general population. Using three different case definitions, we conducted a prospective study to ascertain by medical record review all cases of incident disease in a defined population during a 2-year period. Newly diagnosed probable or definite carpal tunnel syndrome (N = 309) occurred at a rate of 3.46 cases per 1,000 person-years (95% confidence interval = 3.07-3.84). The incidence rate in our study was 3.5 times higher than the rate 20 years ago in a Minnesota city. The rate difference probably results from a combination of reasons, including a true rise in incidence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Industry
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Wisconsin / epidemiology