Peripheral neuropathy is often described in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Dr Asimenia Babali and the colleagues assessed the need for neurophysiological testing in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients without neurological symptoms or signs to detect early subclinical neuropathy and its possible correlations with clinical and demographic characteristics.
The researchers reported that 97 consecutive inflammatory bowel disease patients were screened for neurological symptoms and clinical signs, and those without symptoms or signs were included.
Also, patients with comorbidities associated with peripheral neuropathy or a history of neurological disease were excluded.
|None of the examined patients showed evidence for subclinical neuropathy|
|European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology|
The team of doctors noted that the remaining 45 asymptomatic patients were tested electrophysiologically for peripheral nerve involvement.
The researchers found that none of the examined patients showed evidence for subclinical neuropathy.
Dr Babali's team concluded, "Inflammatory bowel disease patients with a normal neurological clinical examination and no symptoms have no evidence for neuropathy."
"Therefore, proper electrophysiological testing is not considered necessary."