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Quantitative sensory tests (perceptual thresholds) in patients with spinal cord injury

Gordana Savic, MD, MSc, et al.

Figure. Bio-Thesiometer used for testing vibration perceptual thresholds.

We summarize preliminary findings of three quantitative sensory tests for spinal cord injury (SCI) evaluated as part of the International Spinal Research Trust Clinical Initiative study: perceptual thresholds to electrical, vibration, and thermal stimulation. The goal of the wider Clinical Initiative is development of a battery of tests that could be used for monitoring efficacy of new therapeutic interventions. Results suggest that the three quantitative sensory tests are simple, reproducible, and applicable in a clinical setting. They seem to add resolution and sensitivity to standard clinical testing and could be useful adjuncts in longitudinal monitoring of SCI for research.

Volume 44 Number 1 2007
Pages 77 — 82

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