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January 1978

Nerve Conduction Velocity in Hypertensive Patients

Author Affiliations

From the Rehabilitation Medicine Service, Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital, and University of Washington, Seattle. Dr Chrissian is now with Temple University, Philadelphia.

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(1):121-123. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630250081023

Due to conflicting reports in the literature regarding nerve conduction velocities (NCVs) in hypertensives, peroneal and sural NCVs and facial nerve conduction latencies were studied in 30 hypertensives and in 30 controls. An improved technique of NCV measurement was used. Twenty-one of the hypertensives were retested after five weeks, and five of them were tested for motor and sensory NCVs of the median nerve during a short period of partial occlusion of blood flow in the arm. No changes were found that could be related to blood pressure, duration of hypertension, eyeground changes, or partial restriction of blood flow.

(Arch Intern Med 138:121-123, 1978)