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Cubital tunnel syndrome & ulnar neuropathy/nerve compression



Treatment for ulnar neuropathy at the elbow.
Caliandro P, La Torre G, Padua R, Giannini F, Padua L.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Nov 15;11:CD006839.

Occupational prognosis factors for ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow: A systematic review.
Fadel M, Lancigu R, Raimbeau G, Roquelaure Y, Descatha A.
Hand Surg Rehabil. 2017 Sep;36(4):244-249. doi: 10.1016/j.hansur.2017.03.004. Epub 2017 May 18.

Current evidence for effectiveness of interventions for cubital tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome, instability, or bursitis of the elbow: a systematic review.
Rinkel WD, Schreuders TA, Koes BW, Huisstede BM.
Clin J Pain. 2013 Dec;29(12):1087-96. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31828b8e7d.


Ultrasound parameters other than the direct measurement of ulnar nerve size for diagnosing cubital tunnel syndrome: A systemic review and meta-analysis.
Chen IJ, Chang KV, Wu WT, Özçakar L.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Jul 25. pii: S0003-9993(18)30449-0. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.06.021. [Epub ahead of print]

Ulnar nerve cross-sectional area for the diagnosis of cubital tunnel syndrome: A meta-analysis of ultrasonographic measurements.
Chang KV, Wu WT, Han DS, Özçakar L.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Apr;99(4):743-757. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.08.467. Epub 2017 Sep 6.

Ultrasonography in ulnar neuropathy at the elbow: a critical review.
Beekman R, Visser LH, Verhagen WI.
Muscle Nerve. 2011 May;43(5):627-35. doi: 10.1002/mus.22019.

Treatments - surgical

Ulnar nerve in situ decompression versus transposition for idiopathic cubital tunnel syndrome: An updated meta-analysis.
Said J, Van Nest D, Foltz C, Ilyas AM.
J Hand Microsurg. 2019 Apr;11(1):18-27. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1670928. Epub 2018 Sep 27.

Results of reoperation for failed ulnar nerve surgery at the elbow: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Natroshvili T, Walbeehm ET, van Alfen N, Bartels RHMA.
J Neurosurg. 2018 May 11:1-16. doi: 10.3171/2017.8.JNS17927. [Epub ahead of print]

Endoscopic versus open in situ cubital tunnel release: A systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis of 655 patients.
Buchanan PJ, Chieng LO, Hubbard ZS, Law TY, Chim H.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Mar;141(3):679-684. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000004112.

Ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow. A surgical series and a systematic review of the literature.
Lauretti L, D'Alessandris QG, De Simone C, Legninda Sop FY, Remore LM, Izzo A, Fernandez E.
J Clin Neurosci. 2017 Dec;46:99-108. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2017.08.012. Epub 2017 Sep 8.

A systematic review of medial epicondylectomy as a surgical treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome.
O'Grady EE, Vanat Q, Power DM, Tan S.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2017 Nov;42(9):941-945. doi: 10.1177/1753193417724351. Epub 2017 Aug 31.

Open versus endoscopic cubital tunnel in situ decompression: a systematic review of outcomes and complications.
Toirac A, Giugale JM, Fowler JR.
Hand (N Y). 2017 May;12(3):229-235. doi: 10.1177/1558944716662018. Epub 2016 Aug 2.

Open versus endoscopic in situ decompression in cubital tunnel syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Ren YM, Zhou XH, Qiao HY, Wei ZJ, Fan BY, Lin W, Feng SQ.
Int J Surg. 2016 Nov;35:104-110. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2016.09.012. Epub 2016 Sep 12.

Endoscopic versus open cubital tunnel release: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Aldekhayel S, Govshievich A, Lee J, Tahiri Y, Luc M.
Hand (N Y). 2016 Mar;11(1):36-44. doi: 10.1177/1558944715616097. Epub 2016 Jan 14.

Endoscopic cubital tunnel release: a systematic review.
Smeraglia F, Del Buono A, Maffulli N.
Br Med Bull. 2015;116:155-63. doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldv049. Epub 2015 Nov 24.

Subcutaneous versus submuscular anterior transposition of the ulnar nerve for cubital tunnel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and observational studies.
Liu CH, Wu SQ, Ke XB, Wang HL, Chen CX, Lai ZL, Zhuang ZY, Wu ZQ, Lin Q.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Jul;94(29):e1207. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000001207.

Anterior subcutaneous versus submuscular transposition of the ulnar nerve for cubital tunnel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Liu CH, Chen CX, Xu J, Wang HL, Ke XB, Zhuang ZY, Lai ZL, Wu ZQ, Lin Q.
PLoS One. 2015 Jun 26;10(6):e0130843. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130843. eCollection 2015.

Clinical efficacy of simple decompression versus anterior transposition of the ulnar nerve for the treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome: A meta-analysis.
Chen HW, Ou S, Liu GD, Fei J, Zhao GS, Wu LJ, Pan J.
Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2014 Nov;126:150-5. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2014.08.005. Epub 2014 Aug 11.

Revision decompression and collagen nerve wrap for recurrent and persistent compression neuropathies of the upper extremity.
Soltani AM, Allan BJ, Best MJ, Mir HS, Panthaki ZJ.
Ann Plast Surg. 2014 May;72(5):572-8. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e3182956475.

Predictors of surgical outcomes following anterior transposition of ulnar nerve for cubital tunnel syndrome: a systematic review.
Shi Q, MacDermid JC, Santaguida PL, Kyu HH.
J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Dec;36(12):1996-2001.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2011.09.024.




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