Hypothermia-induced reversible polyneuropathy: electrophysiologic evidence of axonopathy

Pediatr Neurol. 1988 Jan-Feb;4(1):49-53. doi: 10.1016/0887-8994(88)90025-2.


A 2 1/2-year-old child developed peripheral polyneuropathy following exposure to hypothermia. Serial electrophysiologic studies over the next 10 months revealed progressive recovery from severe axonopathy. The literature on cold-induced neuropathy is reviewed. The two electrophysiologic studies reported previously in cold-induced polyneuropathy patients are discussed and compared with findings of our patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Action Potentials
  • Axons* / physiopathology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Hypothermia / etiology*
  • Hypothermia / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Neural Conduction
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / etiology*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology