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monofilament

Neurology A nylon bristle passed over the sole of the foot to detect loss of sensation in a diabetic foot and circulatory defects. See Diabetic foot.

monofilament

(mŏn′ō-fĭl″ă-mĕnt) [″ + filum, thread]
A strand of nylon used to assess sensation in peripheral nerves, especially in the feet of patients with diabetes mellitus and other neuropathic conditions. The inability to feel the prodding of a strand of monofilament on the foot in one or more locations is diagnostic of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

monofilament

non-braided (i.e. solid) thread, usually made of nylon or polygalactic acid

monofilament,

n a single strand of untwisted synthetic material such as nylon; used to create surgical sutures.
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10 DASH = Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (questionnaire); MIGF = maximum isometric grip force; MPUT-EO-MPUT-EC = Moberg Pickup Test with eyes open and eyes closed, respectively; OA = osteoarthritis; SD = standard deviation; SWMT = Semmes-Weinstein Monofilament Test; VAS = visual analog scale.
The most frequently used modality for detecting neuropathy in clinical practice is the nylon Semmes-Weinstein monofilament (8).
To include or exclude a patient, we tested for the presence of neuropathy by pressing a 10 g Semmes-Weinstein monofilament (SWM) (North Coast Medical, Inc; Morgan Hill, California) [21] three times at each test location (first toe, first metatarsophalangeal joint [MTP1], MTP5, and heel) [20].
Measurement of pressure perception threshold using a Semmes-Weinstein monofilament was highly predictive of future ulceration and amputation.