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Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release: Agee Technique

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), or median nerve compression at

the wrist, is the most common peripheral compressive neuro-

pathy of the upper extremity with an overall prevalence of

1% to 5% in the United States (1-3). Prevalence estimates for the

industrial population range as high as 15% (4-6), whereas the

annual incidence of CTS is 1.0 to 3.46 per 1000 person years in

the general population (6-9). CTS is most common in middle-

age, occurring more often in women thanmen (10,11). Increased

body mass index has also shown to be correlated with CTS

risk (12).