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Lifestyle risk factors for ulnar neuropathy and ulnar neuropathy-like symptoms.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23424094     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: We examined whether lifestyle factors differ between patients with ulnar neuropathy confirmed by electroneurography (ENG) and those with ulnar neuropathy-like symptoms with normal ulnar nerve ENG.
METHODS: Among patients examined by ENG for suspected ulnar neuropathy, we identified 546 patients with ulnar neuropathy and 633 patients with ulnar neuropathy-like symptoms. These groups were compared with 2 separate groups of matched community referents and to each other. Questionnaire information on lifestyle was obtained. The electrophysiological severity of neuropathy was also graded. We used conditional and unconditional logistic regression.
RESULTS: Responses were obtained from 59%. Ulnar neuropathy was related to smoking, adjusted odds ratio (OR) 4.31 (95% confidence interval [CI] 2.43-7.64) for >24 pack-years. Ulnar neuropathy-like symptoms were related to body mass index ≥30 kg/m(2), OR 1.99 (95% CI 1.25-3.19). Smoking was associated with increased severity of ulnar neuropathy.
CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggest that smoking specifically affects the ulnar nerve.
Poul Frost; Birger Johnsen; Anders Fuglsang-Frederiksen; Susanne W Svendsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2013-09-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Muscle & nerve     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1097-4598     ISO Abbreviation:  Muscle Nerve     Publication Date:  2013 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-09-30     Completed Date:  2013-11-29     Revised Date:  2014-04-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803146     Medline TA:  Muscle Nerve     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  507-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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MeSH Terms
Electrodiagnosis / methods*
Electrophysiological Phenomena
Life Style
Middle Aged
Risk Factors
Severity of Illness Index
Smoking / adverse effects*,  epidemiology
Ulnar Neuropathies / classification,  epidemiology,  physiopathology*
Comment In:
Muscle Nerve. 2014 Apr;49(4):617-8   [PMID:  24293084 ]
Muscle Nerve. 2014 Apr;49(4):618-9   [PMID:  24515455 ]
Muscle Nerve. 2013 Oct;48(4):475-6   [PMID:  23424018 ]

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