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S Afr Med J. 1987 Aug 15;72(4):253-4.

Autonomic neuropathy and atypical myocardial infarction in a diabetic clinic population.


The incidence of autonomic neuropathy in 52 insulin-dependent and 87 non-insulin-dependent diabetic subjects was studied as well as the relationship between the type and duration of diabetes, metabolic control and the association of atypical infarctions with autonomic neuropathy. No statistically significant relationship was found between any parameter and the presence of autonomic neuropathy. Atypical infarctions were not confined to subjects with autonomic neuropathy, but the incidence was considerably higher than that in the general population. Position of the infarction did not determine whether it was silent or not. It is suggested that physicians should be alert to the occurrence of silent infarctions in all diabetics and not only those with clinical evidence of autonomic neuropathy.

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