Effects of anodyne treatment on local blood flow and cutaneous sensation of the foot in a patient with peripheral neuropathy secondary to acromegaly


Acromegaly is an excessive amount of serum growth hormone, which may present with sensorimotor polyneuropathy, affecting sensation and/or blood flow in the limbs. Symptoms include numbness, tingling or pain with impaired sensation including kinesthesia and proprioception. We report here of a 48-year-old male with a defined diagnosis of acromegaly and surgical excision of a pituitary adenoma 20 years ago. Recently he reports feet stepping on, and not feeling, objects under foot and balance problems starting 10 years ago. This study used a single-subject A-B-A design to show that behavioral changes are evident only in the presence of an intervention. Intervention consisted of Monochromatic Infrared Light Energy (MIRE), delivered by the Anodyne Therapy System (ATS). The DRT-4 laser Doppler measured red blood cell flux (flow), concentration and velocity. Levels of significance utilized the two standard deviation band method. Peripheral sensation of eight sites on each foot assessed using Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments (SWM) revealed a lack of sensation in the feet. A treatment effect as exhibited by blood flow velocity and red blood cell concentration was detected after the third week of treatment indicating peripheral dilation of the microvasculature. MIRE was an effective intervention for the treatment of acromegaly–induced polyneuropathy in this patient.


Physical Therapy

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Acromegaly, MIRE, polyneuropathy

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Physiotherapy Theory and Practice