A Rare Case of Acute Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Secondary to Calcific Tendinitis: A Case Report

Bonnie McRae1, *, Lulian Nusem1
1 Department of Orthopaedic, Logan Hospital, Queensland, Australia

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Acute carpal tunnel syndrome secondary to acute calcific tendinitis is a rarely reported entity and poses a diagnostic dilemma for clinicians due to its non-specific presenting symptoms. Urgent decompression of the carpal tunnel is required to preserve the median nerve. We describe a case of acute carpal tunnel syndrome in the dominant hand of a 66-year-old female patient secondary to calcific tendinitis. Decompression was performed with good clinical result. We present this case report in order to further the knowledge bank regarding acute calcific tendinitis to help future clinicians to identify and manage it.

Keywords: Calcific tendinitis, Median nerve, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Acute calcific tendinitis, Median nerve, Acute carpal tunnel.