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Deteriorating tactile sensation in patients with hand syndromes associated with diabetes: a two-year observational study


Redmond, CL and Bain, GI and Laslett, LL and McNeil, JD, Deteriorating tactile sensation in patients with hand syndromes associated with diabetes: a two-year observational study, Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, 26, (4) pp. 313-318. ISSN 1056-8727 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2012.04.009


AIMS: To observe the natural history of hand function during a two-year period in participants with hand syndromes associated with diabetes and to determine factors related to changing function. METHODS: Hand function was measured over three annual visits using Disability of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) and SF-36v2 questionnaires, grip strength, light touch and 9-hole peg tests. Light touch was tested with WEST monofilaments at 7 sites on the hand (score 35 to 0). Data were analyzed using repeated-measures ANOVA, Spearman's correlation, and Wilcoxon signed-rank tests. RESULTS: Participants (n=60) were aged 61 10.5 years, 57% female, diagnosed with diabetes and at least one of four associated hand disorders. Presentations of carpal tunnel syndrome, or past release (n=27, 45%) and trigger finger (n=24, 40%) were common. Tactile sensation was reduced during the two-year period (median, range; 30 months, 25-40 months). Initial median (inter-quartile range) scores for the dominant hand of 25.5 (22-28.5) were reduced to 23 (21.5-27). This sensory loss was weakly associated with HbA1c (r=0.30, p=0.05) and occurred predominantly in participants with trigger finger (p=0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Light touch perception was reduced in longstanding diabetic hand syndromes. Tactile abnormalities that were detected by clinical examination progressed during a two year period and were related to metabolic control and musculoskeletal diagnosis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aged; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Hand/physiopathology*; Hand Strength/physiology
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rheumatology and arthritis
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Laslett, LL (Dr Laura Laslett)
ID Code:84201
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-04-30
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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