Relationship between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Ziaaddini Hassan 1 , * , M Nahvizadeh 2 , M Ahrari 3 , H Safizadeh 4 , M Sharifi 5 , A Ziaaddini 6

1 neuroscience research centre, Kerman University Of medical sciences, department of psychiatry Beheshti Hospital, Jomhoori Blvd., Kerman, Iran

2 Isfahan University of medical sciences, Isfahan, Iran

3 Kerman neuroscience centre, Kerman, Iran

4 Neuroscience research centre, Kerman University Of medical sciences, Kerman, Iran

5 Shahid Sodoghi Hospital, Isfahan, Iran

6 Kerman University of medical sciences, Kerman, Iran

How to Cite: Hassan Z, Nahvizadeh M, Ahrari M, Safizadeh H, Sharifi M, et al. Relationship between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2010 ; 4(2):13-6.


Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 4 (2); 13-6
Published Online: December 31, 2010
Article Type: Original Article
Received: August 29, 2008
Accepted: May 29, 2010


Objective: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most frequent local neuropathy which often relapses despite treatment. This study is performed to determine the frequency of obsessive compulsive disorders in CTS as a main reason for relapse in patients referring to Electro-diagnosis clinic during year 2007.

Methods: In a case control study we considered two groups of subjects: with CTS (cases) and without CTS (controls), diagnosed by electro-diagnosis (EDX) and clinical assessment. Patients with underlying diseases such as diabetes mellitus, thyroid diseases and polyneuropathy, and patients with previous history of treatment, and also, pregnant women were excluded from the study. The EDX study has been performed by a physiatrist. All patients had an interview with a psychiatrist for assessment of obsessive compulsive disorder of cleaning type. Chi square test was used for data analysis.

Results: The study was conducted on 300 patients in two equal groups of cases and controls. Two hundred and fifty one patients (83.7%) were female and forty nine patients (16.3%) were male. Age range was from 20 to 80 years old. The Frequency of obsessive compulsive disorder was 42% in cases versus 28% in controls which is statistically significant (P<0.05) and calculated odds ratio was 1.86 (95%CI=1.15-3.01).

Conclusion: According to the significance of co morbidity between CTS and obsession, we suggest further researches for better clarifying the relationship. Perhaps contemporary treatment is useful for treatment and preventing CTS relapse and/or lowering the number of surgical treatment cases which decreases the overall treatment.

Declaration of interest: None.


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