Autonomic and peripheral nerve function in early diabetic neuropathy. Possible influence of a novel aldose reductase inhibitor on autonomic function

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Autonomic and peripheral nerve functions as well as the possible short-term effect of a novel aldose reductase inhibitor (ARI) on neuropathy were evaluated in 30 male type I diabetics (age 25-44 years, mean 34; duration of diabetes 10-20 years, mean 34) with neurographic signs of peripheral neuropathy (PN). Autonomic neuropathy (AN) was established by the heart rate reactions to deep breathing (E/I ratio = vagal function) and to tilt (acceleration index = sympathetic and vagal functions; the brake index = vagal function). Twenty-nine patients, 13 with AN, completed the study. Among neurographic variables, only sural nerve function tests correlated with autonomic functions. Patients with AN showed significantly lower mean sensory action potential amplitudes (SAPA) sural, indicating axonal losses, than patients without AN (3.58 +/- 0.79 microV v. 7.34 +/- 1.12 microV; p less than 0.01). PN as measured by neurography did not improve during ARI treatment. On the other hand, vagal function (brake indices) improved (p less than 0.05) during ARI in AN patients.


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  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-453
JournalActa Medica Scandinavica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Unit on Vascular Diabetic Complications (013241510), Clinical Neurophysiology (013013001), Diabetes Epidemiology and Neuropathy (013241560)