Cubital tunnel

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Cubital tunnel
Back of right upper extremity, showing surface markings for bones and nerves.
Anatomical terminology

The cubital tunnel is a channel which allows the ulnar nerve to travel over the elbow. It is bordered by the medial epicondyle of the humerus, the olecranon process of the ulna and the tendinous arch joining the humeral and ulnar heads of the flexor carpi ulnaris.[1]

Chronic compression of this nerve is known as cubital tunnel syndrome,[2][3] a form of repetitive strain injury akin to carpal tunnel syndrome (though now, the opinion over role of repetitive stress in causing carpal tunnel syndrome is divided[4][5]).

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  1. ^ Moore, Keith L. (2010). Clinically Oriented Anatomy 6th Ed. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. p. 770. ISBN 978-07817-7525-0. 
  2. ^ Szabo RM; et al. (2007). "Natural History and Conservative Management of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome". Hand Clinics 23 (3): 311–318. doi:10.1016/j.hcl.2007.05.002. PMID 17765583. 
  3. ^ "Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Cell Phone Elbow | Health News and Tips For Computer Users and Abusers". Archived from the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  4. ^ Kao, Stephanie Y. (11/01/2003). "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome As an Occupational Disease". The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice 16 (6): 533–542. doi:10.3122/jabfm.16.6.533. PMID 14963080. Retrieved 2008-06-15.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Werner, Robert A. (June 2006). "Evaluation of Work-Related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 16 (2): 201–216. doi:10.1007/s10926-006-9026-3. PMID 16705490. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 

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