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Contribution of a new electrophysiologic test to Morton's neuroma diagnosis

Authors
Journal
Foot and Ankle Surgery
1268-7731
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
20
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.fas.2013.12.006
Keywords
  • Morton'S Neuroma
  • Electrophysiology
  • Electroneurography
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Forefoot Pain
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Background Morton's neuroma causes metatarsalgia due to the interdigital neuropathy. The small nerve diameter compromises their evaluation in image studies. To overcome this problem we propose a new electrophysiological test. Methods We conducted a prospective case–control study performing a orthodromic electroneurography using subdermal electrodes in controls and patients to assess the validity. Additionally all patients were tested with magnetic resonance. Some patients required surgery and subsequent histological evaluation. Results The new ENG procedure showed higher sensitivity and specificity. Methodological standardization was easy and the test was well tolerated by the subjects. Conclusions Our test demonstrated remarkable diagnostic efficiency, and also was able to identify symptomatic patients undetected by magnetic resonance, which underlines the lack of correlation between the size and intensity of the lesion. This new electrophysiological method appears to be a highly sensitivity, well-tolerated, simple and low-cost for Morton's neuroma diagnosis.

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