The Forgotten Tests For Diabetic Neuropathy – Ankle Jerks and Vibration Testing Sensitive

Pinprick testing is not as accurate as ankle jerks and vibration testing in Diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

QJM. 2011 Nov 8. [Epub ahead of print]
Back to basics: ankle reflex in the evaluation of peripheral neuropathy in type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Shehab DK, Al-Jarallah KF, Abraham M, Mojiminiyi OA, Al-Mohamedy H, Abdella NA.   abstract here

  • As you can see, the ankle jerk loss is more sensitive than testing for pinprick.
  • Vibration testing was done at 128 Hz.

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