Acute carpal tunnel syndrome due to filarial infection

Barry Gallagher, Mahmoud Khalifa, Pieter Van Heerden, Nozahy Elbardisy

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A case of acute carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) due to filarial infection is reported in a resident of Newfoundland, Canada. The patient presented with classical symptoms and signs of acute CTS and a filarial worm was identified in synovial tissue removed during surgery that was morphologically consistent with the genus Brugia. Antifilarial antibodies were present in serum. Surgical removal of the infected tissue, without administration of antifilarial drugs, proved adequate in eradicating the infection and a subsequent serum sample was negative for antifilarial antibodies. The patient remains asymptomatic more than two years after surgery. This case is unusual in its clinical presentation and geographic location.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-67
Number of pages3
JournalPathology Research and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


  • Acute carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Brugia
  • Filaria


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