Neurofunctional Testing for the Detection of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Jay M. Sosenko, Maria T. Gadia, Norihiko Natori, Doraiswami R. Ayyar, Laura B. Ramos, Jay S. Skyler

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Abstract

We have studied associations of neurofunctional testing with other indexes of diabetic peripheral neuropathy in patients unselected for neuropathy. The tests included vibratory sensitivity (assessed with the Vibration Sensitivity Tester and the Biothesiometer) and thermal sensitivity (assessed with the Thermal Sensitivity Tester). Values for diabetic patients were markedly higher than those of control subjects. The neurofunctional tests were strongly correlated with each other. There were also significant associations between the neurofunctional and nerve conduction indexes. Asymptomatic patients had higher values than those of the control subjects for each test. When clinical and nerve-conduction criteria were used to classify neuropathy, vibratory sensitivity tended to be a better indicator than thermal sensitivity. Neurofunctional testing appears to be useful for both the clinical and research assessments of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1741-1744
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of internal medicine
Volume147
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1987

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  • Internal Medicine

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