By Brent Rubin, DPM
Neurogenx NerveCenter of Sarasota
When a patient develops signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, it is important for their physician to determine the cause of the neuropathy. This can be very simple in most cases however at other times the cause may be initially elusive.
I will discuss the 6 major causes of Peripheral Neuropathy.
- The most common cause is Idiopathic Neuropathy. What this means is that after a complete history and examination no specific cause manifests so at that point a potential diagnosis of Idiopathic Neuropathy can be made.
- The second most common cause is Diabetic Neuropathy. This usually manifests after several years of being diagnosed with Diabetes. That being many people do have symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy prior to being diagnosed.
- The third most common cause is Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathy. In all cases this is associated with a prior history of cancer with treatment via chemotherapy.
- The other less common causes are as follows: Alcoholic Induced Neuropathy which is self explanatory, several types of anemia and hypothyroidism.
This list is only some of the most common causes, that being said there are hundreds of other causes which are less frequent and in many cases require a more extensive medical workup to diagnose.