Peripheral neuropathy in tropical pancreatic diabetes

Acta Diabetol Lat. Apr-Jun 1986;23(2):135-40. doi: 10.1007/BF02624673.


Electrophysiological evaluation of peripheral neuropathy was done in 16 patients with tropical pancreatic diabetes (TPD) and the data compared with those of a matched group of 16 NIDDM patients. Peripheral neuropathy was present in 6 TPD and 5 NIDDM patients. Abnormal motor conduction velocity in the lateral popliteal nerve was seen in 9 TPD patients and in 8 NIDDM patients and biothesiometry was abnormal in 7 patients in each group. One TPD patient had an abnormal F wave in the lower limb. An abnormal sensory potential was recorded in the sural nerve in 6 TPD and 8 NIDDM patients. The study showed that occurrence of peripheral neuropathy in TPD was similar to that in NIDDM. Subclinical neuropathy could be detected by electromyographic recording in both groups of patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
  • Diabetic Neuropathies / physiopathology*
  • Electromyography
  • Electrophysiology
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neural Conduction
  • Tropical Medicine*