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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1996;20(2):11.
F-wave Study on the Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy
Jung Bin Shin, M.D., Chang Heon Yi, M.D., Kil Byung Lim, M.D., Kyoung Ja Cho, M.D. , Il Yung Lee, M.D.*
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, *Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Ajou University College of Medicine
말초 신경 증상을 동반한 당뇨병환자에서 F파 검사의 의의
신정빈, 이창헌, 임길병, 조경자, 이일영*
연세대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실, 아주대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실*

F-wave is useful in the evaluation of proximal segment of peripheral nerve which is inaccessible to conventional nerve conduction study, because it is believed to result from antidromic stimulation of motor nerve fibers. The purpose of this study is to determine the diagnostic usefulness of three F-wave parameters in patients with diabetes mellitus.

The average F-wave latency(F-mean), the minimal F-wave latency(F-min), and the minimal-to-maximal latency difference of F-wave(F-range) were evaluated in 60 normal healthy subjects(male 39, female 21) and in 20 patients(male 14, female 6) with diabetes mellitus. The values of F-mean and F-min were significantly prolonged in patients with diabetes mellitus in both ulnar and tibial nerves(p<0.01). The value of F-range in diabetes mellitus was significantly prolonged in tibial nerve(p<0.05). These three F-wave parameters may be a sensitive method in the early detection of possible diabetic neuropathy when conventional sensory and motor conduction studies are normal in the face of clinical evidence.

Key Words: F-mean, F-min, F-range, Diabetes mellitus, F-wave, F-mean, F-min, F-range


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