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Neuropathy, Peripheral


Synonyms of Neuropathy, Peripheral
  • Mononeuritis Multiplex
  • Mononeuritis, Peripheral
  • Mononeuropathym Peripheral
  • Multiple Peripheral Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis, Peripheral
  • Polyneuropathy, Peripheral

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Peroneal Nerve Palsy
  • Radial Nerve Palsy
  • Saturday Night Palsy
  • Tardy Ulnar Palsy
  • Ulnar Nerve Palsy


General Discussion
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.

More than 100 different peripheral neuropathies are recognized, each with a distinguishing set of symptoms, development path, and prognosis. Disorders affecting only one nerve are described as a mononeuropathies while disorders affecting more than one nerve are called polyneuropathies. If two nerves affecting different parts of the body are involved, the disorder is described as a mononeuritis multiplex.

In some cases, symptoms emerge abruptly, progress rapidly, and are slow to subside. Some chronic forms emerge only gradually and progress slowly. Some chronic forms appear to be resolved but are subject to relapses. Most often, symptoms such as pain, tingling, and/or muscle weakness start in both of the feet (bilateral) and progress up the legs. This is usually followed by symptoms in the hands that progress up the arms.

Organizations related to Neuropathy, Peripheral
  • Jack Miller Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
    University of Chicago
    Chicago IL 60637
    Phone #: 773-702-5800
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: information-millercenter@neurology.bsd.uchicago.edu
    Home page: http://millercenter.uchicago.edu
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    31 Center Drive
    Bethesda MD 20892-2540
    Phone #: 301-496-5751
    800 #: 800-352-9424
    e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
  • Neuropathy Association
    60 East 42nd Street
    New York NY 10165
    Phone #: 212-692-0662
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: info@neuropathy.org
    Home page: http://www.neuropathy.org



For a Complete Report

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