A recent study has shown a new procedure that examines cells in the cornea of the eye can predict the beginning stages of diabetic peripheral neuropathy in people with Type 1 diabetes. The process of this type of diagnosis has been given the tongue-tying name of corneal confocal microscopy (CCM), according to a Medscape article.
In the study, researchers used a special microscope to examine corneal nerve cell fibers to see if the fibers were shrinking in length, a sign of damage from diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Using this examination technique, the researchers were able to predict a future diabetic peripheral neuropathy diagnosis the majority of the time.
The earlier this complication is detected, the more easily it can be treated and its progression slowed or halted. Researchers hope CCM can be developed to become a regular diagnostic tool for people with diabetes.
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