A study of distal sensory nerves in patients with newly diagnosed asymptomatic type 2 DM

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Aim: This study aimed to determine the importance of Medial Plantar (MP), Dorsal Sural (DS) and Medial Dorsal Cutaneous (MDC) sensory nerve conduction studies in addition to the other routine electrophysiological studies performed in newly diagnosed Type II Diabetes Mellitus (DM) for diagnosing diabetic polyneuropathy (PNP) at an early stage. Material and Method: This study included a total of 35 patients aged less than 60 years with newly diagnosed, untreated Type II Diabetes, and 30 healthy volunteers who applied to the Outpatient Clinic of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at Şanlıurfa Training and Research Hospital and Harran University Faculty of Medicine Research and Application Hospital between April 2014 and August 2014. Results: Our study enrolled a total of 35 Type II Diabetes patients (20 females, 15 males) with a mean age of 47.22±8.15 years, and 30 healthy controls (17 females and 13 males) with a mean age of 49.30±6.56 years. The two groups did not significantly differ with respect to age and sex (p>0.05). MP, MDC, and DS sensory nerve conduction studies, performed additionally to the standard PNP protocol, revealed that the amplitudes and conduction velocities of each of the three nerves were significantly lower than those of the control group (p<0.01). Discussion: It is possible to diagnose diabetic PNP at an early, asymptomatic stage by studying sensory nerves conduction properties of MP, MDC, and DS in addition to the standard electrophysiological PNP protocol. Detection of PNP by these methods at an early stage may help taking measures to prevent progression into symptomatic PNP

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  • Recieved: 13.04.2016
  • Accepted: 18.04.2014
  • Published Online: 18.04.2014
  • Printed: 01.05.2016
  • DOI: 10.4328/AEMED.86
  • Author: Halil Ay, Yılmaz İnanç, Suna Sarıkaya Ay, Yaşar Altun, Bahar Pehlivan, Yusuf İnanç
  • Identifier: J Ann Eu Med 2016;4(2): 35-8
  • Index Page: 35-8
  • How to Cite: Halil Ay, Yılmaz İnanç, Suna Sarıkaya Ay, Yaşar Altun, Bahar Pehlivan, Yusuf İnanç. A study of distal sensory nerves in patients with newly diagnosed asymptomatic type 2 DM. J Ann Eu Med 2016;4(2): 35-8
  • Running Title: A Study of Diabetic Polyneuropathy
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