Bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuropathy at the elbow in a pizza chef.

University of Bari, Department of Internal Medicine and Public Medicine, Piazza Giulio Cesare 11, 70124, Bari, Italy.
Case Reports 06/2009; 2009. DOI: 10.1136/bcr.11.2008.1293
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ABSTRACT A case of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuropathy at the elbow in a 22-year-old pizza chef is described. An on-site analysis revealed that job tasks performed by the worker exposed him to a combination of biomechanical risk factors. Patient history and workplace observations suggest that occupational physical exposure may have caused the bilateral entrapment neuropathies. The present report underlines the advisability of a detailed occupational history in the case of entrapment neuropathies of the upper limbs commonly regarded as being related to biomechanical occupational exposure.

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