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Diabetic neuropathy

Solomon Tesfaye

in Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199235292
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.1529

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Diabetic neuropathy

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Diabetic neuropathy is a major complication of diabetes and a cause of considerable morbidity and mortality (1). Diabetic neuropathy is not a single entity but includes several neuropathic syndromes (Fig. 13.5.4.1). In clinical practice, the commonest presentation of neuropathy is chronic distal symmetrical polyneuropathy, also known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). The neuropathic syndromes depicted in Fig. 13.5.4.1 have varied presentations and pathogenesis. This chapter will cover these syndromes although the main focuses will be: (1) DPN, which is the main initiating factor for foot ulceration and a cause of troublesome painful neuropathic symptoms; and (2) autonomic neuropathy.

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Subjects: Endocrinology and Diabetes

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