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Would you like to purchase a new monofilament or microfilament for your next neurological examination? This diagnostic instrument is indispensable in the neurological field, as it can help you quickly diagnose a diabetic foot syndrome in little time and at a small expense. Choose on our DocCheck Shop between products from well-known manufacturers such as TIP THERM and 1m4. Use these to perform sensory tests!
Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments and microfilaments are neurological examination instruments for detecting sensitivity disorders early on. They are mainly used to examine the legs’ and feet’s sensitivity. They can be used to screen diabetic neuropathy.
A monofilament consists of a single and quite stiff plastic cord (monofilament) that bends when you apply pressure on it. Usually, you will need about 0.1 N pressure for bending it. You place and press the instrument on the patient’s skin. A healthy patient should feel the pressing sensation. If not, there could be a neuropathy. Microfilaments and monofilaments are the perfect diagnostic tools for detecting early-on a diabetic foot.
Diabetic foot syndrome is still one of the most frequent causes of amputations in Germany. In Austria, according to the ÖDG (Austrian Diabetes Society), about 22,500 people suffer from this complication of diabetes mellitus. In Switzerland, just under 7% of the population has diabetes, or about 500,000 people. Performing a neurological examination with a monofilament can help diagnose this disease early.
A microfilament or monofilament test is quick and safe if you have got the right instruments: simply run its tip over the skin’s areas you want to test and wait for the patient’s reflexes. You can apply a little pressure on the instrument’s tip: it will not hurt the patient. You will be able to see when your patient’s start feeling the pressure. This can help you diagnose various neurological disorders and diabetic foot syndrome early on.
An initial check with a monofilament can make such infections, ulcerations or deep tissue’s destructions with neurological abnormalities visible and treatable at an early stage.