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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
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SARAGAS, NP  and  O'BRIEN, G. Is a positive nerve conduction study a predictor of a satisfactory result after tarsal tunnel release?. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.4, pp.54-55. ISSN 2309-8309.

We reviewed 28 patients who had had tarsal tunnel syndrome diagnosed clinically and with the aid of nerve conduction studies over the last five years. The aim was to establish if a positive nerve conduction study was an indicator of a good postoperative result. We found that in general less than 50% of all patients were satisfied with the procedure and a positive nerve conduction study did not predict a good post-surgical outcome. We advise that surgery for tarsal tunnel syndrome even with positive nerve conduction studies be undertaken as a last resort, and patients be informed of the potential of a poor outcome after surgery.

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