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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.
New study reveals the genetic cause of Parkinson's disease

New study reveals the genetic cause of Parkinson's disease

New tool predicts nerve damage risk from breast cancer treatment

New tool predicts nerve damage risk from breast cancer treatment

Neuromuscular training reduces chemotherapy-induced neuropathy and improves patient outcomes

Neuromuscular training reduces chemotherapy-induced neuropathy and improves patient outcomes

Simple exercises can prevent nerve damage during cancer treatments

Simple exercises can prevent nerve damage during cancer treatments

Study examines prescribing patterns of tricyclic antidepressants for treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Study examines prescribing patterns of tricyclic antidepressants for treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Men face greater risk of cardiovascular and kidney issues due to diabetes, study shows

Men face greater risk of cardiovascular and kidney issues due to diabetes, study shows

Men face higher risk of diabetes complications than women, study finds

Men face higher risk of diabetes complications than women, study finds

Study questions the need for endotype-specific diets in diabetes management

Study questions the need for endotype-specific diets in diabetes management

Proteasomes: Expanding roles beyond cellular waste management

Proteasomes: Expanding roles beyond cellular waste management

Study links symptomatic dizziness to higher mortality risk

Study links symptomatic dizziness to higher mortality risk

Bariatric surgery may mitigate the natural history of cognitive decline in people with obesity

Bariatric surgery may mitigate the natural history of cognitive decline in people with obesity

Spinal cord treatment offers relief and sensation to lower limb amputees

Spinal cord treatment offers relief and sensation to lower limb amputees

Salk scientists uncover mechanism for repairing damaged nerves during peripheral neuropathy

Salk scientists uncover mechanism for repairing damaged nerves during peripheral neuropathy

New diagnostic workflow improves detection of 5q-spinal muscular atrophy

New diagnostic workflow improves detection of 5q-spinal muscular atrophy

Scrambler therapy: A new non-invasive treatment for chronic pain

Scrambler therapy: A new non-invasive treatment for chronic pain

New gene therapy shows promise in reversing chronic pain

New gene therapy shows promise in reversing chronic pain

ECOG-ACRIN launches new trial to evaluate nilotinib and paclitaxel for advanced cancers

ECOG-ACRIN launches new trial to evaluate nilotinib and paclitaxel for advanced cancers

Researchers develop first therapy of its kind to treat cisplatin-resistant prostate cancer

Researchers develop first therapy of its kind to treat cisplatin-resistant prostate cancer

Breast cancer patients experience more severe CIPN symptoms with paclitaxel

Breast cancer patients experience more severe CIPN symptoms with paclitaxel

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