Table of Contents
ISRN Neurology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 579242, 6 pages
Research Article

Small Fiber Neuropathy Associated with Hyperlipidemia: Utility of Cutaneous Silent Periods and Autonomic Tests

Ufuk University Medical School, Department of Neurology, Mevlana Bulvarı No. 86-88, Balgat, 06500 Ankara, Turkey

Received 12 January 2014; Accepted 9 February 2014; Published 19 March 2014

Academic Editors: T. Kato and Y. Sunada

Copyright © 2014 G. Morkavuk and A. Leventoglu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Established electrophysiological methods have limited clinical utility in the diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy. The cutaneous silent period (CSP) may be useful as a method for the evaluation of smaller and unmyelinated fiber dysfunctions. Hyperlipidemia is a very rare cause of small fiber neuropathy. In this study, hyperlipidemia and small fiber neuropathy in symptomatic patients with normal nerve conduction studies were evaluated with autonomic tests and cutaneous silent periods. Methods. Twenty-five patients with clinically suspected small fiber neuropathy and 23 healthy volunteers were included. CSP latency and duration, as well as CSP latency difference of the upper and lower extremities, were examined. Two tests were used to assess the autonomic nervous system, namely, the R-R interval variation test in basal and profound breath conditions and the sympathetic skin response. Results. Twenty-five patients with clinically suspected small fiber neuropathy and normal nerve conduction studies were compared with 23 controls. In the upper extremities, patients had prolonged CSP latencies ( ) and shortened CSP durations ( ), whereas in the lower extremities, patients had shortened CSP durations ( ). The expiration-to-inspiration ratios were also reduced in patients groups. There was no significant difference between sympathetic skin response latencies and amplitude of the case and control groups. Conclusion. Our findings indicate that CSP may become a useful technique for the assessment of small fiber neuropathy in hyperlipidemic patients.