62 uremic patients on dialysis of varying durations were tested bilaterally for posterior tibial nerve H-reflex latency, at 3-month intervals. Bilateral nerve conduction velocities (NCVs) of the peroneal, tibial, and sural nerves were concomitantly determined in all subjects. Proprioception sense, vibration perception threshold at the great toes, and deep tendon reflexes at the knee and ankle were determined in all subjects on the day of electrodiagnostic testing. The sensitivity of the H-reflex latency in detection of the onset and severity of uremic neuropathy was assessed. H-reflex latency changes were compared to NCV and clinical test results. The following was found: of the parameters studied, the H-reflex latency appeared to be the most sensitive indicator of early uremic polyneuropathis; electrodiagnostic tests were more sensitive to the onset of neuropathies than the clinical testing parameters studied; and the sural sensory nerve appeared to be involved earlier than peroneal and tibial motor nerves in neuropathies studied.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|State||Published - Dec 27 1979|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation