Use of nerve conduction in assessing therapy in preventing or ameliorating neuropathy is desirable because abnormalities of nerve conduction are associated with severity of neuropathic symptoms and deficits. Assuming that a therapy is associated with a statistically significant improvement of nerve conduction, what degree of nerve conduction change is clinically meaningful? We suggest that in controlled clinical trials, a mean change of 2 points on the neurologic disability score is clinically detectable and meaningful. Based on our previously published cross-sectional epidemiological data, this corresponds to a change of motor nerve conduction velocity of the average ulnar median and peroneal nerves of 2.9 m/s and peroneal nerve of 2.2 m/s. The corresponding changes of amplitude were 1.2 and 0.7 mV, respectively. Smaller degrees of nerve conduction changes were found when only insulin-dependent patients were evaluated.
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- Internal Medicine
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing