Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(4): 1072-1076

Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Ashraf Zaher, Kawther Boumarah, Noor Alosaif, Sayed Ali.

ABSTRACT

Background: Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common upper limb neuropathy that is caused by entrapment of the median nerve at the level of the wrist. The aim of this study was to determine the symptoms severity and functional status of CTS among medical students. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. All students were subjected to thorough medical history and the Boston Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Questionnaire, a disease-specific measure of self-assessment symptoms. Data were analyzed by using Statistical Packages for Social Sciences version 21 (IBM, Armonk, NY). Results: A total of 319 participants were enrolled in this study wherein 125 (39.2%) were male and 194 (60.8%) were female with an age range of 17-27 years old (x̄ = 21.8 1.6). A total of 122 were found to be mildly symptomatic with a prevalence of 38.2%. Only 08 (02.5%) were classified as moderate regarding Symptoms Severity Scale (SSS). There was a statistically significant correlation between SSS and gender and prolonged hand use. Conclusion: We found that medical students are not considered as a high risk group. However, female medical students are at a higher risk than male students according to the severity scoring of CTS symptoms.

Keywords:
Carpal tunnel syndrome, Boston Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Questionnaire, symptoms severity scale, functional status scale


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Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Ashraf Zaher
Professor of Neurology, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Kawther Boumarah
Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
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Noor Alosaif
Medical Intern, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Sayed Ali
Medical Intern, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Noor Mohammed Alosaif, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia; alosaifnm@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 22 Feb 2021
Accepted 02 Mar 2021
Published online 20 Mar 2021
Published in print 05 Apr 2021

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Zaher A, Boumarah K, Alosaif N, Ali S. Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(4): 1072-1076. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1614013919


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Zaher A, Boumarah K, Alosaif N, Ali S. Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=58275 [Access: May 08, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1614013919


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Zaher A, Boumarah K, Alosaif N, Ali S. Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(4): 1072-1076. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1614013919


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Zaher A, Boumarah K, Alosaif N, Ali S. Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited May 08, 2021]; 5(4): 1072-1076. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1614013919


Harvard Style

Zaher, A., Boumarah, . K., Alosaif, . N. & Ali, . S. (2021) Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (4), 1072-1076. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1614013919


Turabian Style

Zaher, Ashraf, Kawther Boumarah, Noor Alosaif, and Sayed Ali. 2021. Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (4), 1072-1076. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1614013919


Chicago Style

Zaher, Ashraf, Kawther Boumarah, Noor Alosaif, and Sayed Ali. "Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 1072-1076. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1614013919


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Zaher, Ashraf, Kawther Boumarah, Noor Alosaif, and Sayed Ali. "Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.4 (2021), 1072-1076. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1614013919


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Zaher, A., Boumarah, . K., Alosaif, . N. & Ali, . S. (2021) Severity scoring of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among medical students at King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (4), 1072-1076. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1614013919


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