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Prevalence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in pregnancy

Grant number: 11/23570-1
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2012 - February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Adriano Dias
Grantee:Adriano Dias
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FMB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Botucatu. Botucatu , SP, Brazil


Pregnancy is a period marked by changes and adaptations in the woman's body, such as hormonal, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, among others. Among the changes stand out musculoskeletal pain in the lumbar spine, hip and pubic region, ligament laxity and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The CTS is the second most common musculoskeletal complication presented during pregnancy, behind only the pain in the lumbar region. This is a concern because the hands are organs of extreme importance in our daily activities, especially at this stage of pregnancy and after delivery in which women need the use of hands to care for your baby and carry it , hold it while breastfeeding, finally, fully meet all the care and needs of your child. Objectives: - To estimate the prevalence of CTS in pregnancy and postpartum mothers in the municipality of Botucatu - SP,evaluate factors associated with the occurrence of CTS during pregnancy and validate the clinical diagnosis of CTS, comparing it with the diagnosis obtained by ultrasound diagnosis. Method: The study of character and population-based cross will be held in two maternity hospitals operating in the municipality of Botucatu, responsible for all deliveries in the city: Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de medicina de Botucatu (HC / FMB-UNESP), Hospital Misericórdia Botucatuense (HMB). The design and protocol execution were submitted and approved by the Ethics Committee in Research of the Faculty of Medicine of Botucatu. Will be used where an assessment protocol shall contain the patient's general data, information important to the research (maternal age, gestational age, number of pregnancies, weight gain during pregnancy, musculoskeletal complaints of discomfort and / or other complications) application of Tinnel tests, Phalen, and evaluation of sensitivity, besides the application of the Boston Questionnaire that assesses the severity of symptoms and functional status of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Pregnant women who present any clinical symptoms of CTS will be forwarded to the realization of diagnostic ultrasound to confirm the clinical findings. Expected Results: It is believed that the results obtained in this project will assist in improving the knowledge of CTS occurred during pregnancy and that through him we can help in improving the quality of life of pregnant women. We therefore propose the inclusion of diagnostic tests in routine testing of pregnant women in order to play in the prevention and treatment as early as possible in this disease. (AU)

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DIAS DE OLIVEIRA, GLADYS ALEXANDRA; BERNARDES, JOAO MARCOS; SANTOS, ELISIANE DE SOUZA; DIAS, ADRIANO. Carpal tunnel syndrome during the third trimester of pregnancy: prevalence and risk factors. ARCHIVES OF GYNECOLOGY AND OBSTETRICS, v. 300, n. 3, p. 623-631, . (11/23570-1)

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