Clinical vs Quantitative Evaluation of Cutaneous Sensation

Peter James Dyck, Peter C. O'brien, Wilfred Bushek, Karen F. Oviatt, Kathleen Schilling, J. Clarke Stevens

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A comparison of the evaluation of cutaneous sensation by neurologic examination and by quantitative assessment in 107 patients with various neuromuscular disease has shown that there is a reasonably good correlation between the recognition of abnormalities of cutaneous sensation by clinical and by quantitative methods. Clinical neurologists tend to underestimate abnormalities of touchpressure sensation. The quantitative evaluation of cutaneous sensation is useful in quality control of the clinical examination, in correlating the nature of sensation loss with the compound action potential and morphometry of biopsied nerve, in providing a score of sensation to follow the course and the effect of treatment protocols, and in monitoring for an adverse effect on sensation by an environmental or industrial poison. There is a good correlation between abnormality of touchpressure sensation and loss of large myelinated fibers of sural nerve in neuropathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-655
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of neurology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1976

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology


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