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A 31-year-old female asked:

i had cts 11/2016. i had an emg last week and it showed mild cts. does this mean the surgery didn't work?

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Dr. Kenith Paresa
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Not necessarily: Nerve conduction studies are used to determine CTS among other things. The distal latency number may show mild-moderate-severe slowing (represented by a higher distal latency number). If surgery is done to decompress an inflamed nerve, sometimes the latency number is so high, it comes down closer to normal, but may never get to normal in spite of best efforts (you kind of develop a NEW normal).

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Last updated Jun 17, 2017

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