Inter- and intra-tester reliability of sensibility testing in digital nerve repair.

Bulut T., Akgun U., Ozcan C., Unver B., Sener M.

The Journal of hand surgery, European volume, vol.41, no.6, pp.621-3, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1753193415621273
  • Journal Name: The Journal of hand surgery, European volume
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.621-3
  • Keywords: Digital nerve, two-point discrimination test, monofilament test, reliability, EPIDEMIOLOGY, THRESHOLD, INJURIES
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study was to investigate the inter- and intra-tester reliability of the static two-point discrimination and Semmes-Weinstein monofilament tests in digital nerve repair. A total of 100 digital nerves from 67 patients were included into the study. An experienced orthopaedic surgeon and a physiotherapist examined the sensory nerve recovery. The reproducibility score of both tests was at a poor level, but the reliability of the Semmes-Weinstein monofilament test was higher than the static two-point discrimination test. These tests should not be used alone in the quantitative monitoring of sensory recovery, but should be interpreted with the clinical findings. Level 3 non-randomized controlled study.