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  Peripheral Neuropathy Information Page: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
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.
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.
www.ninds.nih.gov /disorders/peripheralneuropathy/peripheralneuropathy.htm   (625 words)

  
  Peripheral neuropathy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Peripheral neuropathy is the medical term for damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which may be caused either by diseases of the nerve or from the side-effects of systemic illness.
Peripheral neuropathies may either be symmetrical and generalized or focal and multifocal, which is usually a good indicator of the cause of the peripheral nerve disease.
Generalized peripheral neuropathies are symmetrical, and usually due to various systematic illnesses and disease processes that affect the peripheral nervous system in its entirety.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Peripheral_neuropathy   (638 words)

  
 Dr. Koop - Peripheral Neuropathy- Health Encyclopedia and Reference
Peripheral neuropathy is the degeneration of peripheral nerves that supply mainly the distal muscles of the extremities.
Peripheral neuropathy is the term used to describe damage to the peripheral nerves that does not affect the brain and spinal cord.
A common peripheral neuropathy, meralgia paresthetica, is characterized by burning sensations, numbness, and sensitivity of the front of the thighs.
www.drkoop.com /encyclopedia/43/614.html   (804 words)

  
 Peripheral neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a common neurological disorder in the nerves outside the central nervous system which begins with a burning pain and a tingling feeling in the feet and fingertips.
Peripheral neuropathy may develop as a primary symptom, or it may be due to another disease.
Neuropathy is a disturbance in the function of a nerve or particular group of nerves.
neurology.health-cares.net /peripheral-neuropathy.php   (3047 words)

  
 Peripheral neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy may also be referred to as peripheral neuritis, or if many nerves are involved, the terms polyneuropathy or polyneuritis may be used.
Peripheral neuropathy may develop as a primary symptom, or it may be due to another disease.
Neuropathy that is caused by drugs usually involves sensory nerves on both sides of the body, particularly in the hands and feet, and pain is a common symptom.
www.healthatoz.com /healthatoz/Atoz/ency/peripheral_neuropathy.jsp   (4194 words)

  
 AllRefer Health - Peripheral Neuropathy (Neuritis - Peripheral, Neuropathy - Peripheral, Peripheral Neuritis)
Peripheral neuropathy is failure of the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord.
Peripheral neuropathy occurs when these nerves fail to function properly, resulting in loss of sensation, pain, or inability to control muscles.
Peripheral neuropathy may involve damage to a single nerve or nerve group (mononeuropathy) or may affect multiple nerves (polyneuropathy).
health.allrefer.com /health/peripheral-neuropathy-info.html   (550 words)

  
 Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy, in the broadest sense, refers to a scope of clinical syndromes (Table 1) affecting a variety of peripheral nerve cells and fibers, including motor, sensory, and autonomic fibers.
Peripheral nerve disorders are relatively common conditions that affect 2.4% of the population.
Peripheral neuropathies are common disorders associated with a wide range of medical conditions and immune-mediated mechanisms.
www.clevelandclinicmeded.com /diseasemanagement/neurology/pneuro/pneuro.htm   (3667 words)

  
 Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, the vast communications network that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system) to every other part of the body.
Acquired peripheral neuropathies are grouped into three broad categories: those caused by systemic disease, those caused by trauma from external agents, and those caused by infections or autoimmune disorders affecting nerve tissue.
One example of an acquired peripheral neuropathy is trigeminal neuralgia (also known as tic douloureux), in which damage to the trigeminal nerve (the large nerve of the head and face) causes episodic attacks of excruciating, lightning-like pain on one side of the face.
www.ninds.nih.gov /disorders/peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm   (4061 words)

  
 Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a common neurological disorder resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves.
Although the causes of peripheral neuropathy are diverse, they produce common symptoms including weakness, numbness, paresthesia (abnormal sensations such as burning, tickling, pricking or tingling) and pain in the arms, hands, legs and/or feet.
Depending on the type of peripheral neuropathy, the patient may fully recover without residual effects or may partially recover and have sensory, motor, and vasomotor (blood vessel) deficits.
healthlink.mcw.edu /article/921448615.html   (309 words)

  
 MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Peripheral neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a problem with the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord.
Peripheral neuropathy occurs when these nerves fail to function properly, resulting in pain, loss of sensation, or inability to control muscles.
Peripheral neuropathy may involve damage to a single nerve or nerve group (mononeuropathy) or may affect multiple nerves (polyneuropathy).
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/ency/article/000593.htm   (1542 words)

  
 Neuropathy Trust: Peripheral Neuropathy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Peripheral Neuropathy is not a specific disease but rather a manifestation of many conditions that cause damage to the peripheral nerves.
Many of our subscribers are affected by what is known as a cryptogenic or idiopathic neuropathy, which simply means that they have been diagnosed as having a peripheral neuropathy but the underlying cause has yet to be determined.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy often affect the arms and legs.
www.neuropathy-trust.org /mainpages/education/pn/what_is_pn.htm   (386 words)

  
 Peripheral neuropathy : CancerBACUP
Peripheral neuropathy is a term used to describe changes in the way that particular nerves work.
Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by the cancer itself pressing on a nerve in a particular area of the body.
The type of peripheral neuropathy, and how much it affects the person, will depend on the drug given, the dose, how often it is given and whether it is given as tablets or capsules or into a vein.
www.cancerbacup.org.uk /Resourcessupport/Symptomssideeffects/Othersymptomssideeffects/Peripheralneuropathy   (1878 words)

  
 Peripheral Neuropathy Information Page: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
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.
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.
ninds.nih.gov /disorders/peripheralneuropathy/peripheralneuropathy.htm   (611 words)

  
 A Treatment Lesson on Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy results from injury to the peripheral nerves in the body.
In most HIV-positive people, however, peripheral neuropathy is a side effect of the medicines they use – certain drugs, including those used to treat HIV and certain AIDS-related infections, can damage peripheral nerves and eventually lead to symptoms of neuropathy.
While peripheral neuropathy is a common side effect of these drugs, this does not mean that all people who take them will experience nerve damage or develop symptoms of neuropathy.
www.aidsmeds.com /lessons/Neuropathy.htm   (2655 words)

  
 Simple FactSheet: peripheral neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is usually felt at first as tingling and numbness in the hands and feet.
Herpes infections that cause symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are treated with acyclovir.
A pilot study of the safety, toxicity, and tolerability of Acetyl-L-Carnitine in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2002.
www.aegis.com /factshts/network/simple/neurop.html   (1027 words)

  
 Peripheral Neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy symptom, neuropathy symptom, autonomic neuropathy, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Hammond explained that peripheral neuropathy was usually caused by nerve deterioration in the extremities, and began with a tingling sensation in the toes or fingers.
Neuropathy can be brought on by attempts to combat cancer, such as chemotherapy.
Neuropathy brought about by excessive alcohol consumption is thought to be caused by the reduction of Thiamine, or Vitamin B1, in the body.
www.health-medicine-alternatives.com /PeripheralNeuropathy.html   (1560 words)

  
 Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy occurs when the peripheral nerves are damaged or destroyed.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy depend upon the cause and the location of the nerve damage.
Peripheral neuropathy caused by a bacterial infection such as Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics.
www.hmc.psu.edu /healthinfo/pq/peripheralneuropathy.htm   (603 words)

  
 Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Diabetic neuropathy also appears to be more common in people who have had problems controlling their blood glucose levels, in those with high levels of blood fat and blood pressure, in overweight people, and in people over the age of 40.
Peripheral neuropathy may also cause muscle weakness and loss of reflexes, especially at the ankle, leading to changes in gait (walking).
Neuropathy is diagnosed on the basis of symptoms and a physical exam.
diabetes.niddk.nih.gov /dm/pubs/neuropathies   (3163 words)

  
 Peripheral Neuropathy - information from ePodiatry
Peripheral neuropathy is the general term that refers to disorders of peripheral nerves.
The peripheral nervous system is made up of the nerves that branch out of the spinal cord to different parts of the body.
Peripheral neuropathy is a relatively common neurological disorder that results from damage to the peripheral nerves.
www.epodiatry.com /neuropathy.htm   (774 words)

  
 Neuropathy, Peripheral Neuropathy - neurologychannel
Peripheral neuropathy is a general term referring to disorders of peripheral nerves.
Peripheral neuropathy can be associated with poor nutrition, a number of diseases, and pressure or trauma.
Peripheral neuropathy can be broadly categorized by the type of nerve that has been damaged.
www.neurologychannel.com /neuropathy   (540 words)

  
 Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy -- Treatment
If your doctor suspects you may have a form of peripheral neuropathy, he or she may refer you to a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in diseases of the nerves.
Peripheral neuropathies caused by toxic substances or medications can often be corrected in much the same way.
Early diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy is important because the peripheral nerves have a limited capacity to regenerate, and treatment may only stop the progression, not reverse damage that is already present.
www.webmd.com /content/article/8/1680_54808.htm   (526 words)

  
 Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy (or, polyneuropathy) is normally attributed to diabetes, thyroid problems, alcohol abuse, and consistent exposure to chemotherapy treatments.
The probable side-effect of peripheral neuropathy resulting from long-term chemotherapy is well-known by our oncologists, yet they have no suggestions about how to alleviate it except to reduce the dose of the chemotherapy agent or suspend treatment.
Neuropathy is commonly caused by diabetes, fatty acid imbalance, restriction of blood supply to nerves (could COX-2 inhibitors add to the condition?), nutritional deficiencies, and chemotherapy agents.
www.hrpca.org /pngeneral.htm   (1468 words)

  
 Peripheral Neuropathy
Clinically, peripheral neuropathies are classified according to various characteristics: symmetric or asymmetric, proximal or distal, acute or chronic, slowly progressive or rapid onset, affecting one (mononeuropathy) or many nerves (polyneuropathy).
Hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies (HNPP) is a demyelinating motor-sensory neuropathy which is autosomal dominant and which originates from a deletion, frameshift, or point mutation of the PMP-22 gene on chromosome 17.
Refsum's Disease is a demyelinating, motor-sensory neuropathy with an autosomal recessive
www.athenadiagnostics.com /content/diagnostic-ed/neurology/peripheral-neuropathy   (1091 words)

  
 Peripheral neuropathy - MayoClinic.com
Peripheral neuropathy is a term used to describe disorders of your peripheral nervous system.
Your peripheral nervous system includes nerves in your face, arms, legs, torso, and some nerves in your skull.
Peripheral nerves have a remarkable ability to regenerate themselves, and new treatments for peripheral neuropathy using nerve growth factors or gene therapy may offer even better chances for recovery in the future.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/peripheral-neuropathy/DS00131   (284 words)

  
 Neuropathy, Peripheral
Peripheral neuropathy is an umbrella term that denotes a disorder of, or damage to, the peripheral nervous system.
The peripheral nervous system consists of all the motor and sensory nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body (i.e., the nerves outside the central nervous system).
The symptoms and physical findings associated with peripheral neuropathies vary greatly from case to case and may be extremely complex.
my.webmd.com /hw/health_guide_atoz/nord246.asp   (540 words)

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