Evaluation of nerve compression with the Automated Tactile Tester Article

cited authors

  • Hardy, M; Jimenez, S; Jabaley, M; Horch, K

fiu authors

abstract

  • The Automated Tactile Tester (ATT) was used to measure threshold values for trapezoidal skin indentation (light touch), low- and high-frequency vibration (50 and 150 Hz), pinprick (sharpdull transition point), warming (temperature awareness), and two-point discrimination in 61 patients with symptoms of median nerve compression at the wrist. We compared these data with values obtained in the same patients with manual monofilament tests, manual two-point discrimination measurements, and electrophysiologic nerve conduction studies. The ATT detected abnormal sensation in 71% of the hands tested, nerve conduction velocity was abnormal in 44% of the cases, and the manual tests indicated abnormality in 42% of the hands. The most indicative single test among those included in the present study for detecting sensory abnormality in these patients was threshold to a 50 Hz vibration administered by the ATT. We conclude that the ATT is a sensitive tool for the diagnosis and evaluation of compressive peripheral neuropathy and may allow objective documentation in a higher percent of patients than do more traditional testing methods. © 1992.

publication date

  • January 1, 1992

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 838

end page

  • 842

volume

  • 17

issue

  • 5