Use of a biothesiometer to measure individual vibration thresholds and their variation in 519 non-diabetic subjects

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1984 Jun 16;288(6433):1793-5. doi: 10.1136/bmj.288.6433.1793.


A series of 519 non-diabetic subjects had vibration thresholds at three points measured using a biothesiometer. Thresholds appeared to be log normally distributed and increased with age. Centile charts of this relation were derived from the data giving a range for normal thresholds. The biothesiometer provides a quick and reliable assessment of vibration thresholds, which when related to the centile charts gives an objective measure of the progress of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aging
  • Child
  • Diabetic Neuropathies / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Reference Values
  • Sensory Thresholds
  • Vibration*