The hot bath test among Malaysian multiple sclerosis patients

Tan, Chong Tin (1994) The hot bath test among Malaysian multiple sclerosis patients. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 49 (1). pp. 68-73. ISSN 0300-5283, DOI 8057994.

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This is a study of 13 Malaysian patients with clinically definite Multiple sclerosis (MS) subjected to a hot bath test with VEPs, BAEPs, median nerve SSEPs before and after heating. Five patients (38%) developed neurological changes with the rise in body temperature. There was an average of 0.46 new sign per patient. Four patients had motor disturbances attributed mainly to aggravation of spinal cord dysfunction. Two patients had additional visual deterioration, one patient has associated VEP change. This study shows that though Uhthoff's phenomenon has not been noted in the reports of Asian MS patients, when subjected to rigorous testing, Asian MS patients also show sensitivity to body temperature change. However, the percentage of positivity of the hot bath test is much lower than that reported for Caucasians. Thus this study shows further differences between Asian and Caucasian MS patients.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Uncontrolled Keywords: Motor Skills; Multiple Sclerosis/diagnosis; Multiple Sclerosis/epidemiology
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2011 01:47
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 04:31

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