The Diagnostic Value of Semmes-Weinstein Monofilaman Test in Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Senocak O., Kocyigit F., ŞAHİN E., Gunay T., KIZIL R., Peker O.

JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES-TURKISH, vol.26, no.2, pp.221-226, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.221-226
  • Keywords: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Semmes -Weinstein monofilament test, sensitivity, spesificity
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of the current study was to investigate the sensitivity and spesificity of Semmes-Weinstein monofilament test in diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Totally fifty patients and their eighty five hands were included in this study. Carpal tunnel syndrome was diagnosed as electroneuromyographic study in fifty five hands of thirty patients and it wasn't diagnosed at thirty hands of eighteen patients. The patients were evaluated by two different protocols of Semmes-Weinstein monofilament test that are used in diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. At the end of the study, we found that sensitivity of Semmes-Weinstein monofilament test was %85,5 and spesificity was %10 according to first protocol, it's sensitivity was %43,6 and spesificity was %90 according to second protocol. In conclusion, we think that Semmes-Weinstein monofilament test is insufficient alone in diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.