Motor nerve impairment in diabetic patients with symmetrical distal sensory polyneuropathy: A single nerve fiber conduction velocity study

Gulin Sunter, Kayihan Uluc, Celal Salcini, Cagri Mesut Temucin, Orhan Yilmaz, Tulin Tanridag, Onder Us, Luca Padua

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Abstract

Introduction: In this study we investigated the clinical utility of single fiber conduction velocity (SF-CV) testing in the evaluation of motor nerve function in diabetic patients with signs and symptoms of symmetrical distal sensory polyneuropathy (DSP). SF-CV findings were compared with conventional nerve conduction studies (NCS). Methods: Twenty-eight consecutive type 2 diabetic patients with clinically diagnosed DSP were studied. Results: SF-CV testing of the tibial nerve was abnormal in 16 (57.1%) patients. Twelve patients with normal conventional motor NCS had abnormal findings by tibial SF-CV. SF-CV testing of the tibial nerve was significantly superior to all other motor NCS. Conclusions: SF-CV testing of the tibial nerve often demonstrates motor nerve impairment in diabetic patients with sensory DSP when conventional NCS are normal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-89
Number of pages6
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Conventional nerve conduction study
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Distal symmetrical sensory polyneuropathy
  • Motor nerve impairment
  • Single fiber conduction velocity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Physiology

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