Correlation between nerve conduction studies and clinical scores in diabetic neuropathy

Muscle Nerve. 2001 Apr;24(4):555-8. doi: 10.1002/mus.1040.


Polyneuropathy, a frequent complication of diabetes, can be assessed clinically and electrophysiologically. Neurological examination can be quantified by validated scores, e.g., the neuropathy symptom score (NSS) or the neuropathy disability score (NDS). Such scores exclude electrophysiological aspects of the neuropathy. A software tool was designed to convert electrophysiological data into one single index of polyneuropathy (IPN). This index was calibrated to grade the severity of a polyneuropathy from 0.00 to 1.00. In a series of 38 diabetic patients, we have calculated NSS, NDS, and IPN. We found correlations between these variables, NDS and IPN exhibiting the more significant association. The use of IPN allowed us to demonstrate that nerve conduction values correlated with clinical scores in diabetic polyneuropathy. Such a software tool, by providing a single electrophysiological index, may facilitate clinico-electrophysiological assessment in large descriptive studies or therapeutic trials of diabetic polyneuropathy.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Calibration
  • Diabetic Neuropathies / diagnosis*
  • Diabetic Neuropathies / physiopathology*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted
  • Electrodiagnosis / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neural Conduction*
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Regression Analysis
  • Severity of Illness Index*
  • Software Validation