The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. An exam will be done. It will focus on looking for signs of nerve problems in your wrists and hands.
These tests may also be done:
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Updated August 13, 2019. Accessed November 20, 2019.
Last reviewed September 2019 by
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James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 11/6/2020