Toxic neuropathy after glue sniffing

Clinical manifestations, electrophysiology, and sural nerve pathology

Tu Hsueh Yeh, Chin Chang Huang, Chun Che Chu, Yeu Jhy Chang

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Abstract

A 33-year-old man developed muscle weakness, muscle wasting and distal numbness as well as cognitive impairment and cerebellar dysfunction after long-term glue sniffing. The main ingredient of the glue vapor was toluene. Nerve conduction studies showed prolonged distal latencies, decreased amplitudes and slowing of nerve conduction velocities indicating an axonal polyneuropathy. Sural nerve pathology revealed axonal degeneration and reduction of fiber density, particularly of large myelinated fibers. After cessation of glue sniffing, the patient showed partial recovery as shown in clinical manifestations and electrophysiological study results. The data indicated that neuropathy caused by glue sniffing may partly recover after cessation of exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-144
Number of pages7
JournalActa Neurologica Taiwanica
Volume9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 14 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Inhalant Abuse
Sural Nerve
Poisons
Electrophysiology
Neural Conduction
Pathology
Cerebellar Diseases
Hypesthesia
Polyneuropathies
Muscle Weakness
Toluene
Adhesives
Muscles
Cognitive Dysfunction

Keywords

  • Electrophysiology
  • Glue sniffing
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Sural nerve pathology
  • Toluene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Toxic neuropathy after glue sniffing : Clinical manifestations, electrophysiology, and sural nerve pathology. / Yeh, Tu Hsueh; Huang, Chin Chang; Chu, Chun Che; Chang, Yeu Jhy.

In: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica, Vol. 9, No. 2, 14.09.2000, p. 138-144.

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Yeh, Tu Hsueh ; Huang, Chin Chang ; Chu, Chun Che ; Chang, Yeu Jhy. / Toxic neuropathy after glue sniffing : Clinical manifestations, electrophysiology, and sural nerve pathology. In: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica. 2000 ; Vol. 9, No. 2. pp. 138-144.
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