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E. Hentzen


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1.  Byra M., Hentzen E., Du J., Andre M., Chang E.Y., Shah S., Assessing the performance of morphologic and echogenic features in median nerve ultrasound for carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis, Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, ISSN: 0278-4297, DOI: 10.1002/jum.15201, Vol.39, No.6, pp.1165-1174, 2020

Abstract:
Objectives: To assess the feasibility of using ultrasound (US) image features related to the median nerve echogenicity and shape for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) diagnosis. Methods: In 31 participants (21 healthy participants and 10 patients with CTS), US images were collected with a 30-MHz transducer from median nerves at the wrist crease in 2 configurations: a neutral position and with wrist extension. Various morphologic features, including the cross-sectional area (CSA), were calculated to assess the nerve shape. Carpal tunnel syndrome commonly results in loss of visualization of the nerve fascicular pattern on US images. To assess this phenomenon, we developed a nerve-tissue contrast index (NTI) method. The NTI is a ratio of average brightness levels of surrounding tissue and the median nerve, both calculated on the basis of a US image. The area under the curve (AUC) from a receiver operating characteristic curve analysis and t test were used to assess the usefulness of the features for differentiation of patients with CTS from control participants. Results: We obtained significant differences in the CSA and NTI parameters between the patients with CTS and control participants (P < .01), with the corresponding highest AUC values equal to 0.885 and 0.938, respectively. For the remaining investigated morphologic features, the AUC values were less than 0.685, and the differences in means between the patients and control participants were not statistically significant (P > .10). The wrist configuration had no impact on differences in average parameter values (P > .09). Conclusions: Patients with CTS can be differentiated from healthy individuals on the basis of the median nerve CSA and echogenicity. Carpal tunnel syndrome is not manifested in a change of the median nerve shape that could be related to circularity or contour variability.

Keywords:
carpal tunnel syndrome, cross-sectional area, echogenicity, median nerve, morphologic features, ultrasound

Affiliations:
Byra M. - IPPT PAN
Hentzen E. - other affiliation
Du J. - University of California (US)
Andre M. - University of California (US)
Chang E.Y. - University of California (US)
Shah S. - University of California (US)

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