Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are common occurrences during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester. Most patients undergo successful nonoperative treatment shortly after birth or the cessation of breast feeding. However, symptoms noted earlier during pregnancy are more likely to be severe and persistent. We present the cases of two women who developed symptoms of severe carpal tunnel syndrome during the second trimester and did not improve with nonoperative measures. Both underwent carpal tunnel release during pregnancy, with excellent postoperative result. Obstetric providers and surgeons alike should consider surgical treatment for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome who do not improve after nonoperative methods.
Gauger, Erica J.; Deana M. Mercer; and Moheb S. Moneim. "Carpal Tunnel Release During Pregnancy: Report of Two Cases." UNM Orthopaedic Research Journal 6, 1 (2017). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/unm_jor/vol6/iss1/34