The nurse is assessing a patient suspected of having carpal tunnel syndrome. Which assessment finding is indicative of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Positive Phalen's sign

Explanation

• A positive Phalen's sign is characterized by tingling in the hand with wrist flexion. This is indicative of median nerve compression, or carpal tunnel syndrome.

• A positive Tinel's sign is also indicative of carpal tunnel syndrome. It is characterized by tingling is the hand after tapping the median nerve in the wrist.

• Trousseau's sign is associated with hypocalcemia.

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