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Nasal tactile sensitivity in elderly.
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PMID:  20969515     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
CONCLUSION: Although older people varied widely in tactile sensitivity, our results show that tactile thresholds increased with age.
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of aging on nasal tactile sensitivity.
METHODS: A total of 160 healthy patients aged between 50 and 90 years were included. According to their age, patients were divided into groups (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H). From the age of 50, each group included subjects with an age range of 5 years (i.e. group A, 50-55 years; group B, 56-60 years, etc.). Each patient's outcome was assessed through the nasal monofilament test: a set of 20 Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments was used to detect nasal sensitivity for both nasal cavities. The sensitivity threshold was recorded as the minimum monofilament size from which patients could detect at least two of three stimuli.
RESULTS: In groups D (66-70 years), E (71-75 years), F (76-80 years), G (81-85 years), and H (86-90 years) a significantly (p < 0.05) higher stimulus (171.1 ± 0.34 mg vs 67.7 mg, 167.01 ± 0.31 mg 67.7 mg, 166.54 ± 0.28 mg 67.7 mg, 201.24 ± 0.43 mg 67.7 mg, 165,87 ± 0.27 mg 67.7 mg) was required to trigger a touch response in the monofilament test.
Francesco Antonio Salzano; Luca Guastini; Renzo Mora; Massimo Dellepiane; Giovanni Salzano; Valentina Santomauro; Angelo Salami
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta oto-laryngologica     Volume:  130     ISSN:  1651-2251     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Otolaryngol.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370354     Medline TA:  Acta Otolaryngol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1389-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
ENT Department, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy.
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