Neuropathy means diseases of the nerve. the symptoms of numbness in feet and burning pains are usually termed neuropathy its very common in diabetics, the modern name has changed to the very cause of neuropathy. A type of inflammatory neuropathy currently labeled as CIDP., this is usually the cause of daiabetic neuropathy. Please see the links on the left for detailed info on CIDP the real cause of neuropathy and its immediate treatment with IVIg. For a simple discussion see our home page.The following are neuropathies according to location.
|Table 1. Mono- and Generalized Neuropathies Commonly Encountered in Clinical Practice
Carpal tunnel syndrome (median nerve)
Cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve) Sciatic nerve damage following hip replacement
Diabetic mononeuropathy/mononeuropathy multiplex
|Table 3. Distribution of Neuropathies by Age and in General Population
|a Categories coexist in up to one-third of cases.
|Table 4. Age-Related Changes in the Peripheral Nervous System
|Decreased vibratory sense
Decreased threshold response to tactile stimuli, but normal threshold response to pain
No change in position sense
Decreased muscle bulk and strength
|Reduction in number of nerve fibers
Preferential loss of large-diameter fibers
Reduction in muscle-fiber size
Decline in number of motor units (distal muscles)
Evidence of denervation and reinnervation with advancing age
|Decline in motor- and sensory-nerve conduction velocity (MCV)
Decreased amplitude in sensory-nerve action potential (SNAP)
Increased amplitude and duration of voluntary motor units suggesting denervation and reinnervation
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