Diabetic Neuropathy Testing

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. Elevated blood sugar can damage the nerves throughout your body, but the most common type of diabetic neuropathy damages the nerves in your legs and feet. It is estimated that 50% of diabetics will develop neuropathy.

Diabetic neuropathy symptoms can range from pain and numbness in your extremities to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels, and heart. These symptoms can be mild, or can be painful, disabling, and even fatal. It is a serious complication of diabetes, yet often can be prevented by tight blood sugar control, a healthy lifestyle, and early detection. Estimates are that a person with diabetic neuropathy has a six times greater chance of developing a serious diabetic complication. It is extremely important that treatment by a professional is sought.


Diabetic-Neuropathy-TestingNew, Non-Invasive Testing for Diabetic Neuropathy

In the past, the main testing for detection of neuropathy involved a nerve conduction study, which was very inaccurate for detection of small nerve neuropathy. Another method was taking multiple skin samples which involved a minor surgical procedure under local anesthesia. Recently, a new non-invasive, painless diagnostic machine called Sudoscan has been developed which allows Dr. Katzen to perform an evaluation in under 5 minutes from start to finish. It enables him to evaluate the extent and progression of the neuropathy and predict the possibility of developing an as yet undetected small nerve neuropathy.

How Sudoscan Works

The Sudoscan works by detecting the degeneration of small nerve fibers as measured by the nerve innervation and function of the eccrine sweat glands of the hands and feet. The test is painless with the patient simply placing their hands and feet on detection pads for 3 minutes. A detailed computer printout is immediately available for interpretation by Dr. Katzen and the results can be discussed with the patient the same day.

Dr. Burton Katzen, class of ā€œ71ā€ has been elected president of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine alumni board of directors.


An alumni dinner and reception will be held in conjunction with the national convention on July 15th at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott.
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