The reliability of medial and lateral plantar nerve recordings in healthy elderly individuals

Keskin G., Kahraman Koytak P. , Bastan B., Tanridag T. , Us O., Uluç K.

NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES, vol.36, no.6, pp.883-888, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10072-014-2056-2
  • Title of Journal : NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.883-888


The aim of this study was to investigate the reliability of medial plantar (MP) and lateral plantar (LP) nerve conduction studies (NCS) in healthy individuals aged > 65 years, and to obtain reference values for this age group. The study included 81 healthy subjects. MP response was absent in only 2 subjects, but LP response could not be obtained bilaterally in 43 of the 81 subjects. Regression analysis showed that MP NCS could be reliably performed in those aged a parts per thousand currency sign72 years and normal values for MP nerve in individuals aged 66-72 years would be strongly against a large-fiber neuropathy. However, LP response was absent in 53.1 % of the healthy elderly subjects; therefore, we think it is unreliable to study the LP nerve in this age group.