Cubital tunnel syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel

Presentation

H/O chronic elbow pain ? fracture in childhood. C/o weakness and reduction in sensation in 4th and 5th digits. Referred for elbow radiograph and ulnar nerve ultrasound tracing at elbow.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Female
X-ray

Osteophyte formation, joint space reduction and ossified bodies (changes of degenerative disease) are seen.

Ultrasound
  • Ulnar nerve compression noted. Proximal edematous hypoechoic nerve segment is seen. Distal to the site of compression, the ulnar nerve shows normal diameter and echopattern.
  • Cross-sectional area of nerve: proximal to compression 1.2 mm,  at compression site 0.7 mm
  • Asymptomatic ulnar nerve shows normal appearance.

Case Discussion

The cubital tunnel syndrome is a type of ulnar nerve compression neuropathy that occurs from pathological compression of the ulnar nerve at the cubital tunnel.

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Case information

rID: 23923
Published: 17th Jul 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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