Elise M. Halpern

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BACKGROUND Confirmation of diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSP) relies on standard nerve conduction studies (NCS) performed in specialized clinics. We explored the utility of a point-of-care device (POCD) for DSP detection by nontechnical personnel and a validation of diagnostic thresholds with those observed in a normative database. RESEARCH DESIGN(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective review of consecutive case series. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the early surgical results and complications of thoracic transdiscal osteotomies and vertebral shortening for the treatment of thoracic discitis/osteomyelitis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Thoracic discitis/osteomyelitis leads to collapse of the disc space and/or vertebral(More)
OBJECTIVE In vivo corneal confocal microscopy (IVCCM) has been established in cross-sectional studies as a valid measure for the identification of diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSP). We aimed to determine the predictive validity of a baseline IVCCM measure in identifying future DSP onset in patients with type 1 diabetes. METHODS We followed 65(More)
AIM To determine the association of neuropathy and other complications with emotional distress and depression among patients with longstanding type 1 diabetes (T1DM). METHODS Canadians with ≥50years of T1DM completed a questionnaire including assessment of distress and depression by the Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale (PAID) and Geriatric Depression Scale(More)
We aimed to determine the prevalence and characteristics of muscle cramps in patients with diabetes compared with healthy volunteers. Frequency, severity (using visual analog scale [VAS]), duration, and disability due to muscle cramps were evaluated, as is standard in clinical trials. Information about each patient’s clinical status was collected, including(More)
OBJECTIVE In vivo corneal confocal microscopy (IVCCM) has been proposed as a noninvasive technique to assess small nerve fiber structural morphology. We investigated the structure-function relationship of small fibers in diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSP). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Ninety-six type 1 diabetic subjects with a spectrum of clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE Evaluation of diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSP) is hindered by the need for complex nerve conduction study (NCS) protocols and lack of predictive biomarkers. We aimed to determine the performance of single and simple combinations of NCS parameters for identification and future prediction of DSP. MATERIALS AND METHODS 406 participants(More)
The consensus definition for diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy allows for subtle variation in specific diagnostic criteria. In 89 type 1 diabetes participants, we found that common variations in these criteria do not impact the diagnostic validity of corneal nerve fiber length, a parameter of corneal in vivo confocal microscopy.
OBJECTIVE Compared to recently-studied novel morphological measures, conventional small nerve fiber functional tests have not been systematically studied for identification of diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSP). We aimed to determine and compare the diagnostic performance of cooling detection thresholds (CDT) in a cross-sectional type 1 diabetes(More)
OBJECTIVE In vivo Corneal Confocal Microscopy (IVCCM) is a validated, non-invasive test for diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSP) detection, but its utility is limited by the image analysis time and expertise required. We aimed to determine the inter- and intra-observer reproducibility of a novel automated analysis program compared to manual analysis.(More)