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[This article belongs to Volume - 26, Issue - 01]

Distribution of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cases at Tarakan General Hospital in 2019-2021

Excessive activity on the hands or wrists will put you at high risk of experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome is 329 cases per thousand people per year. Another study says the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome in the United States is about 150 cases per thousand people per year. While the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome in Indonesia itself is not known with certainty. The purpose of this study is to know the impact of age, gender, and occupation on the occurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome at the Tarakan General Hospital in 2019–2021. This study used a descriptive method with a cross-sectional approach. Data were taken from the medical records of Tarakan Hospital in 2019–2021 with a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, which was established based on nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG) examinations. In this study, it was found that age (46–55 years), female gender, and occupation of the clerical staff rank first for the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome.