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December 1949

PATTERNS OF INCREASED ELECTRICAL SKIN RESISTANCE IN ACUTE HUMAN POLIOMYELITIS

Author Affiliations

MEMPHIS, TENN.

From the Division of Anatomy, University of Tennessee.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;62(6):766-777. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310180067008
Abstract

VARIED disturbances of sweating are reported in poliomyelitis. Hyperhydrosis during the acute stage is described most frequently.1 Hyperactive sweating of the paralyzed extremity is reported often during the chronic phase,2 but rarely during the acute phase.1c However, hyperhydrosis over the paralyzed extremity during the acute phase is reported in a high percentage of cases in response to injection of pilocarpine.3 Diminished sweating of extremities atrophied by poliomyelitis was described in only 2 cases,4 and diminished sweating during the acute phase has not been reported.

This report is restricted to observations on diminished sweating during the acute phase of poliomyelitis as shown by areas of increased electrical skin resistance.

MATERIALS AND METHODS 

The Dermometer.  —The dermometer was used for this investigation because it responds to minute changes in activity of the sweat glands. Also, this instrument may be used for the examination of critically ill and

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