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Clinical notes and interpretation
  • Scoring is performed by dividing the number of correct responses by the number of stimuli presented. 
  • Upon reviewing the patient’s medical history, it is important to note the type of injury, for example, nerve transection, nerve compression, and/or peripheral polyneuropathies associated with chronic conditions.
  • If a nerve compression was short-lived and minor, recovery is expected to be good.  However, if the nerve was transected and surgery followed to regrow neurons, sensation of temperature and pain generally (but not always) recover first, followed by touch sensation. This is because regrowth of temperature and pain fibers averages 1.08 mm per day, while regrowth of touch fibers averages 0.78 mm per day (Waylett-Rendall J., Orthop Clin North Am. 1988 Jan;19(1):43-56). 

 

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