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Type: Journal article
Title: An assessment of vibration threshold using a biothesiometer compared to a C128-Hz tuning fork
Author: Temlett, J.
Citation: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 2009; 16(11):1435-1438
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0967-5868
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J.A. Temlett
Abstract: A standardised method of assessment of vibration threshold (VT), with a C128-Hz tuning fork (TF), was compared to VT measured with a biothesiometer in normal patients free of neurological disease at four separate bony points. The biothesiometer is more accurate compared to a timed tuning fork. The accuracy of both declined with patient age, however, especially for patients older than 50years. The longer the nerve tested, the greater the age-related decline. The C128-Hz tuning fork, provided consistently applied, may be meaningfully employed at the thumb or hallux proximal nail fold to assess VT-TF at the bedside, but remains less able to discriminate VT at all ages.
Keywords: Biothesiometer
Vibration threshold
Description: Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jocn.2009.03.010
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