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Sudoscan as a noninvasive tool to assess sudomotor dysfunction in patients with Fabry disease: results from a case–control study

Authors sahuc P, Chiche L, dussol B, pouget J, franques J

Received 27 October 2015

Accepted for publication 21 December 2015

Published 2 February 2016 Volume 2016:12 Pages 135—138


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Garry Walsh

Pauline Sahuc,1 Laurent Chiche,2 Bertrand Dussol,3 Jean Pouget,1 Jérôme Franques1,2,4

1Department of Neurology, La Timone Hospital, APHM, Aix-Marseille University, 2Department of Internal Medicine, European Hospital, 3Department of Nephrology, La Conception Hospital, APHM, Aix-Marseille University, 4Department of Neurology, La Casamance Hospital, Marseille, France

Abstract: Hypohidrosis is a frequent and early symptom in patients with Fabry disease. Studies have reported improved sweating in patients treated with enzyme-replacement therapy. A new method, Sudoscan, has been developed that is noninvasive, is quantitative, and can quickly evaluate sweat gland function. It is based on the electrochemical reaction between sweat chlorides and stainless-steel electrodes in contact with the palms and soles. The aim of our study was to evaluate the Sudoscan as a tool to assess sudomotor dysfunction in patients with Fabry disease. Consecutive patients were prospectively recruited who had a diagnosis of Fabry disease, which had been confirmed genetically and/or by measurement of α-galactosidase activity in leukocytes. Healthy controls, matched (1:1) for age and sex, were also enrolled. Test results were expressed immediately as electrochemical skin conductance (ESC, µS) for hands and feet. Sudomotor dysfunction was considered absent, moderate, or severe if the ESC measured on the feet was >60 µS, between 60 and 40 µS, or <40 µS, respectively. Among the 18 patients, 11 had hypohidrosis or anhidrosis. Hand and feet ESCs were significantly lower in patients compared to their controls (P=0.0015 and P=0.0047, respectively). Among patients, 8/18 (44.5%) had a sudomotor dysfunction, moderate in three and severe in five cases. Hand and feet ESCs were significantly lower in those with hypohidrosis/anhidrosis compared to those without (P=0.0014 and P=0.0056, respectively). This study showed that Sudoscan provided a quick, noninvasive, and quantitative measurement of sudomotor function in Fabry disease patients.

Keywords: electrochemical skin conductance, small fiber neuropathy, Fabry disease, sweat dysfunction, hypohidrosis

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