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Ann Clin Neurophysiol > Volume 10(1); 2008 > Article
Ann Clin Neurophysiol. 2008; 10(1): 25-28.
Controversies on the Usefulness of Nerve Conduction Study in the Early Diagnosis of Diabetic Polyneuropathy
In-Soo Joo
Copyright © 2008 The Korean Society of Clinical Neurophysiology
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Diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN) is the most frequently encountered form of neuropathy in diabetic patients, and it either relentlessly progresses or remains relatively stable for many years, not showing any trend towards improvement. From this point of view, early detection of DPN is very important to prevent the irreversible change of the peripheral nerve from diabetic insults. Although a number of clinical symptoms and/or deficit scales have been developed for clinical or research purposes, nerve conduction study (NCS) has been known one of the most objective and sensitive tools to detect peripheral nerve dysfunctions in diabetic patients. NCS, however, also have several shortcomings. The next two consecutive articles will focus on debates about diagnostic usefulness of NCS and on recent updates of other diagnostic tests including quantitative sensory testings and skin biopsy in the field of diabetic polyneuropathy.
Key words: Diabetic polyneuropathy, Nerve conduction study, Diagnostic usefulness
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