Multiperspective assessment of peripheral nerve involvement in diabetic patients

L. Padua, I. Aprile, C. Saponara, R. Padua, G. Ghirlanda, F. Pauri, P. D'amico, P. Tonali

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To assess the relationship between peripheral nerve involvement and the patient's perception of his own quality of life, we studied 36 consecutive out-patients affected by insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus without other diabetic complications other than neuropathy (20 men, 16 women; mean age 39.1 years). We used clinical (Semmes-Weinstein, vibration perception threshold, muscle strength, osteotendinous reflexes), neurophysiological (sural, peroneal and ulnar nerves), metabolic (glycosylated haemoglobin) and patient-oriented (SF-36 and NASS questionnaires) measurements. Patient-oriented physical scores were significantly related to: (1) neurophysiological findings of the inferior limbs; (2) conventional measurements of sensitivity; (3) metabolic assessment. Conversely, patient-oriented mental scores were significantly related only to metabolic assessment. The patient-oriented measure provided an important perspective of the severity of the disease often closely related with the biological parameters and suggested new ways of interpreting conventional biological measurements. In particular, the peripheral nerve picture appeared strictly related with the physical aspects of the patients' quality of life, while the metabolic picture appeared related with both the mental and physical aspects of the quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-221
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Diabetes
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
  • Neuropathy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Patient oriented
  • Quality of life
  • SF-36

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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