Objective Screening for Peripheral Neuropathy
- Physician Conceived and Designed
- Non-Invasive Screening Device
- Earliest Potential Screening of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Simple Objective Grading
- Temperature Discrimination
- Vibration Discrimination
Peripheral neuropathy is one of the major causes of sensation loss and significantly increases the risk of feet ulceration with potential limb loss. Alarmingly, up to 50% of new patients with diabetes already present with neuropathy. Potential early detection is critical in establishing aggressive patient treatment regimens prior to the onset of diabetes with complications and minimizing risk of life threatening patient outcomes.
Design and Methods
A physician conceived and designed non-invasive screening device to objectively grade the possible earliest signs of small and large fiber dysfunction. The device screens for small fiber vitality via patients’ ability to discriminate temperature. Large fiber health is screened by 5 amplitudes of vibration, a graded improvement over the subjective and unreliable tuning fork.
Benefits of Objectivity
The device establishes graded objective peripheral neuropathy screening across medical specialties and helps to overcome differences in medical professionals’ examination techniques. The device helps to follow longitudinal changes in patients’ health. The device may significantly improve patients’ compliance with medical advice by providing objective numerical data of the discrimination status. Also, temperature and vibration discrimination differences in hands and feet may uncover previously missed neuropathy cases.