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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome F036

Last amended 
24 April 2017
Current RMA Instruments
Reasonable Hypothesis SOP7 of 2013
Balance of Probabilities SOP 8 of 2013
Changes from previous instruments

SOP Bulletin 163

 ICD Coding
  • ICD-9-CM Codes: 354.0
  • ICD-10-AM Codes: G56.0
Brief description

This condition affects the thumb, index and middle fingers and half of the ring finger.  It results in pain and numbness, and weakness in some cases, due to pressure on / entrapment of the median nerve in the wrist.

Confirming the diagnosis

Diagnosis is based on clinical findings and electrophysiological testing.  

The appropriate specialist for this condition is a neurologist or orthopaedic (hand) surgeon.

Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
  • Median nerve entrapment at the wrist
Conditions not covered by SOP
  • anterior interosseous syndrome#, ICD code 354.1
  • cervical radiculopathy, ICD code 353.2, 721.1, 722.71
  • cubital tunnel syndrome* SOP pending
  • median nerve neuritis#, ICD code 354.1
  • pronator syndrome#, ICD code 354.1
  • thoracic outlet syndrome#, ICD code 353.0
  • ulnar tunnel syndrome* SOP pending

* another SOP applies

# non-SOP condition

Clinical onset

Clinical onset will be when symptoms (pain, parasthesia, weakness) in the hand, in the median nerve distribution, first began. 

Clinical worsening

A clinical course involving periods of remission and exacerbation is common.  There may be progression from intermittent to persistent sensory symptoms, and later, to the development of motor symptoms (weakness).