Affordable Access

Peripheral neuropathy in burn patients.

Authors
  • Khedr, E M
  • Khedr, T
  • el-Oteify, M A
  • Hassan, H A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Burns
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1997
Volume
23
Issue
7-8
Pages
579–583
Identifiers
PMID: 9568328
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Neuropathy in burn patients is frequently overlooked. This study aimed at looking for neuropathies among burn patients. It included 55 burn patients, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, with variable depths of burn at different stages. Their ages ranged from 8 to 55 years with a mean age of 23.6 +/- 11.1 years. All patients were submitted to clinical examination, electromyographic and motor conduction velocities of burned and unburned limbs. Serum electrolyte, blood urea and creatinine were measured for all patients. Sixteen patients (29 per cent) had peripheral neuropathy. Only six had symptoms and signs of peripheral neuropathy. The most frequently diagnosed neuropathy in this study was mononeuritis multiplex in nine patients (56 per cent), then generalized distal axonal neuropathy in five patients (31 per cent) and entrapment neuropathy in two patients (13 per cent). In patients with mononeuritis, 29 nerves were affected, 24 nerves related to the site of the burn and five nerves were away from the site of the burn. All the entrapment neuropathy developed after wound healing. Age above 20 years, electric burns burns involving full thickness of the skin and a surface area of more than 20 per cent were associated with a significantly higher prevalence of neuropathy. Other parameters were not found to be significant in the development of neuropathy.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times