Journal article

Combining cutaneous silent periods with quantitative sudomotor axon reflex testing in the assessment of diabetic small fiber neuropathy

JT Kamel, SJ Vogrin, RJ Knight-Sadler, NK Willems, L Seiderer, MJ Cook, RJ MacIsaac, LJ Roberts

CLINICAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Routine electrophysiological testing is often normal in the evaluation of painful diabetic neuropathy, as it is unable to detect dysfunction of thinly myelinated (Aδ) and unmyelinated (C) small fibers. Although cutaneous silent periods (CSP) and quantitative sudomotor axon reflex testing (QSART) respectively evaluate these fiber types in the extremities, these two tests have yet to be assessed together. METHODS: 26 patients with a clinical diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy (SFN) and 26 age-matched controls were assessed. Nine patients had Type I diabetes, nine had Type II diabetes, and eight had impaired glucose tolerance. The CSP onset latency and duration were recorded in each..

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