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Arch Med Biomed Res. 2017;3:60-66. doi:10.4314/ambr.v3i2.2

Lukman Femi Owolabi1, Samuel Sunday Adebisi2, Barnabas Danborno2, Adebayo Adekunle Buraimoh3

Author Affiliations

1Department of Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
2Department of Human Anatomy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
3Department of Human Anatomy, Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Nigeria

correspondence to
Owolabi Lukman Femi; drlukmanowolabi@yahoo.com

Received: January 01, 2016
Accepted: July 16, 2016


The study was designed to evaluate sural nerve conduction of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients that were asymptomatic for neuropathy and compare their findings with age and sex matched healthy individuals. Using a standard technique, sural nerve conduction study was conducted on 100 T2DM patients with no clinical features suggestive of neuropathy and 100 healthy volunteers, matched for age and sex, serving as control. Sural nerve latency, Amplitude and Conduction Velocity (CV) were measured using Nihoen Kohden EMG Machine. On comparison of the sural nerve conduction parameters, sural nerve distal latencies were significantly lower in the control group while the sural nerve conduction velocities and amplitudes were significantly higher in the T2DM group. The study showed significant difference between the sural nerve conduction parameters in T2DM patients without clinical features suggestive of peripheral neuropathy when compared with apparently healthy individuals.

KEY WORDS: Sural nerve; Diabetic neuropathy; Electrophysiology


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