Rapid screening for peripheral neuropathy: A field study with the optacon

Joseph C. Arezzo, Herbert H. Schaumburg, Charles A. Petersen

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The modified Optacon, a simple battery-powered device that measures fingertip vibration sensation, was used by para professionals to screen 257 acrylamide-exposed individuals. Consistent data were obtained on repeated testing of individuals, and there was an age-related linear decrease in vibration sensitivity within the population. Subclinical peripheral neuropathy was detected in two individuals, one acrylamide-related and the other nutritional-alcoholic. This study establishes the use of the modified Optacon as a screening device for some types of peripheral nerve dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)626-629
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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