Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
Clin Neurophysiol. 2010 Nov;121(11):1878-85. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2010.03.055. Epub 2010 May 15.

Reproducibility and influence of test modality order on thermal perception and thermal pain thresholds in quantitative sensory testing.

Author information

  • 1Division of Clinical Neurophysiology, Umeå University, SE-901 85 Umeå, Sweden.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the reproducibility of quantitative sensory testing (QST), performed with the method-of-limits (MLI) at different test intervals, by assessing the inter- and intra-individual variation of thermal cold (CT) and warm (WT) perception thresholds, and of thermal cold- (CPT) and heat pain (HPT) thresholds.

METHODS:

QST with the MLI was performed in 38 healthy subjects in three repeated and pseudo-randomized test sessions, done at three occasions (days 1, 2 and 7).

RESULTS:

At repeated testing, none of the thermal threshold estimates showed systematic significant differences, neither between days nor between sessions within the same day, when determined as first tests (FT), and for CT and WT also after thermal pain assessment (aTPA). However, when determined directly aTPA, both CT and WT were noted significantly higher. Also the coefficients of variation and repeatability showed increased values aTPA.

CONCLUSIONS:

The high reproducibility show that the MLI is a feasible method for thermal QST, with reproducible results both at shorter and longer test intervals, on condition that temperature thresholds are determined before any painful thermal stimuli are given, as the latter influence both CT and WT assessments.

SIGNIFICANCE:

The findings show that QST with the MLI is a reliable tool for indirect evaluation of human small nerve fiber function.

Copyright © 2010 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

PMID:
20478739
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk