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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.
Drug that reduces the pain of fibromyalgia and improves sleep

Drug that reduces the pain of fibromyalgia and improves sleep

Thalidomide - new treatment for cancer

Thalidomide - new treatment for cancer

Neuren and Metabolic collaborate to develop range of nerve repair compounds

Neuren and Metabolic collaborate to develop range of nerve repair compounds

Peripheral neuropathy in a patient with alcoholic cirrhosis is reversible

Peripheral neuropathy in a patient with alcoholic cirrhosis is reversible

Test used to diagnose B12 deficiency may be inadequate

Test used to diagnose B12 deficiency may be inadequate

Cymbalta significantly reduced pain in more than half of women treated for fibromyalgia, with and without major depression

Cymbalta significantly reduced pain in more than half of women treated for fibromyalgia, with and without major depression

Some patients who undergo treatment considered to be the last resort for severe obesity can develop peripheral neuropathy

Some patients who undergo treatment considered to be the last resort for severe obesity can develop peripheral neuropathy

Cymbalta approved for diabetic peripheral neuropathy pain

Cymbalta approved for diabetic peripheral neuropathy pain

Comparison of antiretroviral therapies shows that tenofovir DF and stavudine are equally effective

Comparison of antiretroviral therapies shows that tenofovir DF and stavudine are equally effective

First drug approved for hormone refractory prostate cancer that has shown a survival benefit

First drug approved for hormone refractory prostate cancer that has shown a survival benefit

Studies show pregabalin does not affect male reproductivity or interfere with oral contraceptives

Studies show pregabalin does not affect male reproductivity or interfere with oral contraceptives

Risk Assessment of Diabetic Retiopathy Improved by Screening Methods

Risk Assessment of Diabetic Retiopathy Improved by Screening Methods