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Comparison of vibrotactile thresholds with physical examination and electrophysiological assessment.

Authors
Gerr-F; Letz-R; Hershman-D; Farraye-J; Simpson-D
Source
Muscle and Nerve 1991 Nov; 14(11):1059-1066
NIOSHTIC No.
00204617
Abstract
The use of vibrotactile thresholds was compared with electrophysiological testing and physical examination in determination of the functional integrity of patients' somatosensory systems. The 79 participating patients, evaluated at the Mount Sinai Hospital Neurophysiological Laboratory, were subjected to nerve conduction studies and standard sensory function examinations. These testing results were compared with vibrotactile threshold values obtained using an electromechanical device. Significant associations were found between vibrotactile thresholds and physical examinations (vibration perception, proprioception, and pain perception) for all digits tested in the upper and lower extremities. Significant associations were also seen between vibrotactile thresholds and electrophysiological evaluations of the median, ulnar, tibial, peroneal, and sural nerves. The most significant association occurred between great toe vibrotactile thresholds and late response latencies in lower extremity nerves. The authors conclude that vibrotactile threshold determinations may be useful for measurements of large fiber nerve function and when electrophysiological study is impossible.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Nerve-function; Peripheral-nervous-system; Nervous-system-function; Neurological-reactions; Vibration-exposure; Physical-examination; Motion-perception; Sensory-perceptual-disorders; Electrophysiological-measurements
Contact
Community Medicine Mount Sinai School of Medicine One Gustave L Levy Place New York, NY 10029
CODEN
MUNEDE
Publication Date
19911101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
161973
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-00098
Issue of Publication
11
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Source Name
Muscle and Nerve
State
NY
Performing Organization
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
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