Amanda Catherine Peltier

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Early neuropathy is often sensory predominant and prominently involves small-diameter nerve fibers. Established neuropathy examination scales such as the Michigan Diabetic Neuropathy Scale (MDNS) and the Neuropathy Impairment Score-Lower Leg (NIS-LL) focus primarily on large-fiber sensory and motor function. Here, we validate the Utah Early Neuropathy Scale(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) as a sensitive measure of neuropathy change in patients with neuropathy associated with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) receiving lifestyle intervention based on that used in the Diabetes Prevention Program. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We performed 3-mm skin(More)
Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic, and associated neuropathy is its most costly and disabling complication. Given the rising prevalence of painful diabetic neuropathy, it is increasingly important that we understand the best ways to diagnose and treat this condition. Diagnostic tests in this field are evolving rapidly. These include the use of skin biopsies(More)
OBJECTIVE Autonomic symptoms may occur frequently in diabetic and other neuropathies. There is a need to develop a simple instrument to measure autonomic symptoms in subjects with neuropathy and to test the validity of the instrument. METHODS The Survey of Autonomic Symptoms (SAS) consists of 11 items in women and 12 in men. Each item is rated by an(More)
Many efforts are currently made to prepare combined vaccines against most infectious pathogens, that may be administered early in life to protect infants against infectious diseases as early as possible. However, little is known about the general immune modulation induced by early vaccination. Here, we have analyzed the cytokine secretion profiles of two(More)
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare prion disease characterized by a spongiform encephalopathy in humans. Although the characteristic triad of myoclonus, dementia, and periodic EEG activity is easy to recognize, unusual manifestations of the disease may be challenging and create a diagnostic dilemma. We report a case of CJD that occurred in a(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare odor identification function in patients with peripheral or central autonomic neurodegeneration and in patients with intact autonomic neurons but undetectable norepinephrine. METHODS Olfactory function was evaluated with the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) in 12 patients with pure autonomic failure, 10(More)
Neurodegeneration of the central and peripheral nervous system associated with hypocupremia and hyperzincinemia has been widely recognized but the origin of high zinc remained unknown. Denture cream has been recently suggested as one possible source of zinc, but the frequency with which denture fixative alone accounts for this syndrome is unknown. We(More)
Reproducible neurophysiologic testing paradigms are critical for multicenter studies of neuropathy associated with impaired glucose regulation (IGR), yet the best methodologies and endpoints remain to be established. This study evaluates the reproducibility of neurophysiologic tests within a multicenter research setting. Twenty-three participants with(More)
Skin biopsy is a valuable diagnostic tool for small-fiber-predominant neuropathy by the quantification of intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD). It has the unique advantage of being a minimally invasive procedure with the potential for longitudinal evaluation of both sensory and autonomic fibers. Unmyelinated small fibers are not otherwise quantified(More)