Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is nerve damage or nerve inflammation (neuropathy) affecting the peripheral limbs, which means the arms/hands and/or legs/feet. Typical symptoms of neuropathy are tingling, burning or numbness type sensations, which are called Paresthesias. These affect the limbs causing symptoms such as tingling fingers, tingling toes, and ...

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Introduction: Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, which transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body. More than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy have been identified, each with its own characteristic ...1

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Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

Impaired function and symptoms depend on the type of nerves -- motor, sensory, or autonomic -- that are damaged. Some people may experience temporary numbness, tingling, and pricking sensations, sensitivity to touch, or muscle weakness. Others may suffer more extreme symptoms, including ...2

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Complications of Peripheral Neuropathy

Complications of peripheral neuropathy The outlook for peripheral neuropathy varies, depending on the underlying cause and which nerves have been damaged. Some cases may improve with time if the underlying cause is treated, whereas in some people the damage may ...3

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Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy may be either inherited or acquired. Causes of acquired peripheral neuropathy include physical injury (trauma) to a nerve, tumors, toxins, autoimmune responses, nutritional deficiencies, alcoholism, medical procedures, and vascular and metabolic disorders. Acquired peripheral neuropathies are caused by ...4

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Causes List for Peripheral Neuropathy

Some possible causes of Peripheral Neuropathy or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, which transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body. More than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy have been identified, each with its own characteristic ...6

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Diagnosis of Peripheral Neuropathy

How is peripheral neuropathy diagnosed? The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are highly variable. A thorough neurological examination is required to sort out the cause of the symptoms and involves taking an extensive medical history (covering symptoms, work environment, social habits ...7

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Genetics of Peripheral Neuropathy

Genetic mutations can either be inherited or arise de novo, meaning they are completely new mutations to an individual and are not passed along by either parent. Some genetic mutations lead to mild neuropathies with symptoms that begin in early ...8

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Risk Factors for Peripheral Neuropathy

If you have diabetes, your risk of polyneuropathy is higher if your blood sugar is poorly controlled or you:

  • smoke
  • regularly consume large amounts of alcohol
  • are over 40 years old

If you have diabetes, you should examine your own ...9

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Treatments: Peripheral Neuropathy

Is there any treatment? No medical treatments exist that can cure inherited peripheral neuropathy. However, there are therapies for many other forms. In general, adopting healthy habits -- such as maintaining optimal weight, avoiding exposure to toxins, following a physician-supervised ...10

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Research for Peripheral Neuropathy

What research is being done? The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct research related to peripheral neuropathies in laboratories at the NIH and also support additional research ...11

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Names and Terminology

Peripheral neuropathy, also called distal symmetric neuropathy or sensorimotor neuropathy ...Source: NIDDK (NIH)12 ...

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References

  1. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ peripheralneuropathy/ peripheralneuropathy.htm
  2. ibid.
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Peripheral-neuropathy/ 
  4. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ peripheralneuropathy/ peripheralneuropathy.htm
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ peripheralneuropathy/ peripheralneuropathy.htm
  7. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ peripheralneuropathy/ detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm
  8. ibid.
  9. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ peripheral-neuropathy/ causes/ 
  10. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ peripheralneuropathy/ peripheralneuropathy.htm
  11. ibid.
  12. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ diabetes/ overview/ preventing-problems/ nerve-damage-diabetic-neuropathies

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