Sequelae following sural nerve biopsy in type 1 diabetic subjects.

Lars Dahlin, F Lithner, L-E Bresäter, Niels Thomsen, Karl-Fredrik Eriksson, Göran Sundkvist

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Abstract

Objectives - To detect post-operative sequelae of sural nerve biopsy. Materials and methods-- A questionnaire mailed to type 1 diabetic patients (n = 24; male/female 23/1; reply n = 23) 2 years after biopsy. Results - Type 1 diabetic patients (age 56 [11]; median [interquartile range]) had a long duration of diabetes (DM; 20 [19] years) and all had neuropathy. Three out of 24 patients developed infection (two superficial and one deep) and one had a post-operative bleeding. Less frequent pain among the patients were reported from one centre. About one-third or more of the patients still complained of pain, mostly mild, in the biopsy area and paraesthesia in the foot 2 years after surgery. More than two-thirds of the patients were reluctant for further biopsy; a crucial information in drug trial planning. Conclusions - Sequelae of a sural nerve biopsy occur in type 1 DM. The risk for wound infections should be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-197
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Volume118
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Reconstructive Surgery (013240300), Unit for Clinical Vascular Disease Research (013242410), Diabetes Epidemiology and Neuropathy (013241560), Hand Surgery Research Group (013241910)

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  • Surgery

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