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The tactile circumferential discriminator: a new, simple screening device to identify diabetic patients at risk of foot ulceration.

Vileikyte, L. and Hutchings, G. and Hollis, S. and Boulton, A. J. M. (1997) The tactile circumferential discriminator: a new, simple screening device to identify diabetic patients at risk of foot ulceration. Diabetes Care, 20 (4). pp. 623-626.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the tactile circumferential discriminator (TCD) (Tacticon Medical Enterprises, West Chester, PA), a new, simple, handheld quantitative sensory testing device, in the identification of patients at potential risk of neuropathic ulceration. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Patients with diabetes (n = 133) attending the Manchester Diabetes Centre or diabetic foot clinic seen within a 5-week period were assessed using the TCD, monofilaments, and vibration perception threshold (VPT) measured over the hallux. The sensitivity and specificity of each method in the identification of "high-risk" patients were compared. RESULTS: The TCD was easy to use, and there was a highly significant correlation between the results obtained compared with both filaments and VPT (P < 0.0001). Similarly, in the identification of patients at risk of ulceration, the TCD agreed with VPT in 75.2% of cases and with the monofilaments in 78.9%. In the identification of the 37 foot ulcer patients, TCD was highly sensitive (100%) but less specific (58.3%) than VPT (86.5%; 79.2%) and the monofilaments (91.9%; 76.0%). CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that the TCD is a simple and reliable new technique for population screening for neuropathy and foot ulcer risk.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Diabetes Care
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
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ID Code: 19518
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2008 11:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:31
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/19518

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