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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 set of symptoms, pattern of development, and prognosis. 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 burning pain (especially at night), muscle wasting, paralysis, or organ or gland dysfunction. 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, and vascular and metabolic disorders. Acquired peripheral neuropathies are caused by systemic disease, trauma from external agents, or infections or autoimmune disorders affecting nerve tissue. Inherited forms of peripheral neuropathy are caused by inborn mistakes in the genetic code or by new genetic mutations.
Study reveals high burden of health complications in adolescents, young adults with type 2 diabetes

Study reveals high burden of health complications in adolescents, young adults with type 2 diabetes

Majority of physicians have poor knowledge of Charcot neuroarthropathy, survey finds

Majority of physicians have poor knowledge of Charcot neuroarthropathy, survey finds

NR could potentially prevent chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in cancer patients

NR could potentially prevent chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in cancer patients

SLU scientist examines potential biomarkers for pain linked to debilitating health conditions

SLU scientist examines potential biomarkers for pain linked to debilitating health conditions

New position statement offers recommendations for physicians on prevention of diabetic neuropathy

New position statement offers recommendations for physicians on prevention of diabetic neuropathy

Blocking molecular signaling pathway could prevent or reverse peripheral neuropathy

Blocking molecular signaling pathway could prevent or reverse peripheral neuropathy

Research reveals causes of motor abnormalities in low birth weight babies

Research reveals causes of motor abnormalities in low birth weight babies

Hospitals eliminate bedsore occurrence using early detection technology

Hospitals eliminate bedsore occurrence using early detection technology

Person's ‘brain speed’ may matter more than other risk factors for geriatric falls

Person's ‘brain speed’ may matter more than other risk factors for geriatric falls

Melanoma drug offers considerable added benefit for patients with advanced NSCLC

Melanoma drug offers considerable added benefit for patients with advanced NSCLC

High folate intake may increase risk of peripheral neuropathy in older adults with common gene variant

High folate intake may increase risk of peripheral neuropathy in older adults with common gene variant

Scientists report new neurological complication from Zika virus infection

Scientists report new neurological complication from Zika virus infection

MDI Biological Laboratory receives NIH grant for research on peripheral neuropathy

MDI Biological Laboratory receives NIH grant for research on peripheral neuropathy

Scientists unravel effect of prion proteins on the nerves

Scientists unravel effect of prion proteins on the nerves

FDA approves safety labeling changes for fluoroquinolone antibiotics

FDA approves safety labeling changes for fluoroquinolone antibiotics

Study reports BV therapy may be curative in some Hodgkin lymphoma patients

Study reports BV therapy may be curative in some Hodgkin lymphoma patients

Argentine Tango dance holds potential to reduce fall risk among cancer survivors with neuropathy

Argentine Tango dance holds potential to reduce fall risk among cancer survivors with neuropathy

Oncologists to present latest research findings at ASCO annual meeting

Oncologists to present latest research findings at ASCO annual meeting

NR supplements can reduce diabetes-related complications in mice

NR supplements can reduce diabetes-related complications in mice

Microvascular disease burden tied to CVD outcomes in diabetic patients

Microvascular disease burden tied to CVD outcomes in diabetic patients