Peripheral Neuropathy: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:33 by admin
Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition characterized by a group of symptoms related to abnormalities in sensory or motor nerves. Nerve endings that culminate in muscles, blood vessels, and skin are affected resulting in nerve damage to the hands, toes, fingers, arms, and legs. A loss of bladder control may also occur. The use of certain medications and exposure to toxic chemicals are leading causes of peripheral neuropathy. Solvents such as n-hexane can lead to the disorder as well as prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide and heavy metals. Other causes include poor nutrition, cancer, vitamin deficiency, autoimmune reaction, and nerve trauma.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include, but may not be limited to, tingling, numbness, and gradual muscle weakness. Weight loss can also result along with severe back pain, pale, dry skin, and painless ulcers on toes and feet.

Severe cases of peripheral neuropathy may be incurable but certain medications can prove useful.

See Also

  1. Head, Spinal Cord, Brain & Nerve Disorders: Overview
  2. Boats & Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  3. Carbon Monoxide
  4. N-hexane
  5. Portable Generators
  6. Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH)
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