Is medial elbow pain correlated with cubital tunnel syndrome? An electrodiagnostic study

David P. Speach, Daniel J. Lee, Jeffrey D. Reed, Bradley A. Palmer, Patrick Abt, John C. Elfar

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Abstract

Introduction: Medial elbow pain is often considered to be a symptom associated with ulnar neuropathy at the elbow (UNE). We examined the relationship between medial elbow pain and a positive electrodiagnostic (EDx) test result for UNE. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of 884 patients referred for EDx evaluation of UNE. Regression models were used to determine the odds ratios between clinical findings and a positive EDx result for UNE. Results: Patients reported medial elbow pain in 44.3% of cases. Clinical factors that correlated with a positive EDx study result for UNE included male gender, small and ring finger numbness, ulnar intrinsic weakness, and age. Medial elbow pain was negatively correlated with a positive EDx result. Conclusions: This study demonstrates a negative correlation between medial elbow pain and a positive EDx result for UNE. Medial elbow pain should not be considered a clear diagnostic symptom of UNE. Muscle Nerve 53: 252-254, 2016

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-254
Number of pages3
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)

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