Sural and radial sensory responses in healthy adults: Diagnostic implications for polyneuropathy

Gregory J. Esper, Rachel A. Nardin, Michael Benatar, Tracy W. Sax, Juan A. Acosta, Elizabeth M. Raynor

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We prospectively performed sural and radial sensory nerve conduction studies in 92 healthy subjects, aged between 21 and 88 years, both to determine the lower limits of normal (LLN) and to assess the effects of age and body mass index (BMI) on the sural and radial sensory nerve action potential (SNAP) amplitudes and on the sural/radial amplitude ratio (SRAR). Using the nonparametric bootstrap method to calculate 95% confidence intervals, we found that the 5% LLN values for sural and radial SNAPs were 14 μV and 25.5 μV in subjects aged ≤39 years, 7 μV and 17.4 μV in subjects aged 40-59 years, and 3 μV and 12 μV in subjects aged ≥60 years. The 5% LLN for SRAR for all patients was 0.21. Sural and radial SNAP amplitudes but not SRAR were strongly and inversely correlated with age and BMI. These age-adjusted normal values and revised SRAR will aid in the electrodiagnosis of polyneuropathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-632
Number of pages5
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Radial nerve
  • Sural nerve
  • Sural/radial amplitude ratio (SRAR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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