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Sensory nerve conduction velocity study in diabetic patients

Jasmin Diwan, Kruti Patel, Dinkar Goswami, Vilas Patel.


Background: The most common complication of diabetes mellitus is neuropathy which may occur in proximal and distal nerve fibers. Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) in the distal segment of the peripheral nerves is an indicator of neuronal damage.

Aim and Objective: This research was performed to measure the velocity of nerve conduction in diabetic patients and to compare them to non-diabetic patients.

Material and Methods: The sensory portion of the median and ulnar nerve conduction analysis was conducted on 25 diabetic patients (Group I) and 25 non diabetics (Group II).

Results: We observed, in diabetic patients, the sensory conduction velocity in the median and ulnar nerve has decreased relative to non-diabetic patients, but the difference is insignificant.

Conclusion: NCV is an easy, accurate, and responsive method for diabetes patients to measure and describe nerve conduction abnormalities.

Key words: Neuropathy; Diabetics; Nerve Conduction Study

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