A novel fuzzy expert system for the identification of severity of carpal tunnel syndrome

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Abstract

The diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, a peripheral nerve disorder, at the earliest possible stage is very crucial because if left untreated it may cause permanent nerve damage reducing the chances of successful treatment. Here a novel Fuzzy Expert System designed using MATLAB is proposed for identification of severity of CTS. The data used were the nerve conduction study data obtained from Kannur Medical College, India. It consists of thirteen input fields, which include the clinical values of the diagnostic test and the clinical symptoms, and the output field gives the disease severity. The results obtained match with the expert's opinion with 98.4% accuracy and high degrees of sensitivity and specificity. Since quantification of the intensity of CTS is a crucial step in the electrodiagnostic procedure and is important for defining prognosis and therapeutic measures, such an expert system can be of immense use in those regions where the service of such specialists may not be readily available. It may also prove useful in combination with other systems in providing diagnostic and predictive medical opinions and can add value if introduced into the routine clinical consultations to arrive at the most accurate medical diagnosis in a timely manner. © 2013 Reeda Kunhimangalam et al.

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Kunhimangalam, R., Ovallath, S., & Joseph, P. K. (2013). A novel fuzzy expert system for the identification of severity of carpal tunnel syndrome. BioMed Research International, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/846780

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