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A portable system for measuring cutaneous thresholds for warming and cooling.
  1. C J Fowler,
  2. M B Carroll,
  3. D Burns,
  4. N Howe,
  5. K Robinson
  1. Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies, Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, UK.


    Measurement of cutaneous thermal thresholds is a valuable technique for detecting small fibre neuropathy. A robust and portable microcomputer controlled system, which separately measures thresholds for warming and cooling, is described. Thresholds at three sites have been measured; the cheek, the dorsum of the hand and the sole of the foot. Regional variability and a correlation with age have been found, indicating the sensitivity of this system.

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