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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.
Innovative research could lead to new ways to treat, prevent cancer

Innovative research could lead to new ways to treat, prevent cancer

Finding better way to quantify neuropathy symptoms and treatment efficacy

Finding better way to quantify neuropathy symptoms and treatment efficacy

Columbia researchers identify nerve cells that drive fruit fly's escape behavior

Columbia researchers identify nerve cells that drive fruit fly's escape behavior

Gluten-free diet may help protect against neuropathic pain

Gluten-free diet may help protect against neuropathic pain

HDAC6 inhibition could be promising therapeutic approach for peripheral neuropathies

HDAC6 inhibition could be promising therapeutic approach for peripheral neuropathies

Researchers describe human blood-nerve barrier transcriptome for the first time

Researchers describe human blood-nerve barrier transcriptome for the first time

Study identifies mechanisms underlying glucose-induced peripheral neuropathy

Study identifies mechanisms underlying glucose-induced peripheral neuropathy

Researchers use novel PET tracer to assess myelin damage in mouse models of MS

Researchers use novel PET tracer to assess myelin damage in mouse models of MS

Scientific Statement captures evolving understanding of microvascular complications related to diabetes

Scientific Statement captures evolving understanding of microvascular complications related to diabetes

New molecule could become first treatment against chemotherapy-induced neuropathy

New molecule could become first treatment against chemotherapy-induced neuropathy

Researchers find potential approach to prevent peripheral neuropathy

Researchers find potential approach to prevent peripheral neuropathy

Study provides insight into how cells in the body adapt to nerve injury

Study provides insight into how cells in the body adapt to nerve injury

MTI awards $25,000 grant to MDI Biological Laboratory scientist for peripheral neuropathy research

MTI awards $25,000 grant to MDI Biological Laboratory scientist for peripheral neuropathy research

Study finds potential preventive for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Study finds potential preventive for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Researchers discover new role of enzyme in promoting self-destruction of axons

Researchers discover new role of enzyme in promoting self-destruction of axons

Single chemotherapy treatment can negatively impact gait and balance, study shows

Single chemotherapy treatment can negatively impact gait and balance, study shows

Cognitive dysfunction in breast cancer patients linked to post-traumatic stress

Cognitive dysfunction in breast cancer patients linked to post-traumatic stress

MDI Biological Laboratory investigator awarded NIH grant for research on peripheral neuropathy

MDI Biological Laboratory investigator awarded NIH grant for research on peripheral neuropathy

Antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs can effectively treat diabetic nerve pain, research finds

Antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs can effectively treat diabetic nerve pain, research finds

New research reveals surprising culprit involved in self-destruction of axons

New research reveals surprising culprit involved in self-destruction of axons