Acute painful neuropathy in thallium poisoning

H. C. Kuo, Chin Chang Huang*, Y. T. Tsai, C. C. Chu, S. T. Hsieh, N. S. Chu

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Dysesthesia, allodynia, distal muscle weakness, and sensory impairment were noted in two patients with acute thallium intoxication. Two months later, nerve conduction studies showed an axonal degeneration. Sural nerve biopsy disclosed a decreased fiber density in the large myelinated fibers. Quantitative sensory testing also revealed an impairment of pinprick, temperature, and touch sensations. Cutaneous nerve biopsy confirmed a loss of epidermal nerves indicating an involvement of the small sensory nerves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-304
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - 26 07 2005
Externally publishedYes


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