It is damage or disease affecting peripheral nerves (peripheral neuropathy) in roughly the same areas on both sides of the body, featuring weakness, numbness, and burning pain. It usually begins in the hands and feet and may progress to the arms and legs, and sometimes to other parts of the body where it may affect the autonomic nervous system. It may be acute or chronic. A number of different disorders may cause polyneuropathy, including diabetes and some types of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Among the signs/symptoms of polyneuropathy, which can be divided (into sensory and hereditary) and are consistent with the following:
• Sensory polyneuropathy - ataxia, numbness,muscle wasting and paresthesia.
• Hereditary polyneuropathy - scoliosis and hammer toes
HOW IS POLYNEUROPATHY DIAGNOSED?
There are various kinds of testing done to diagnosis polyneuritis, which include electrodiagnostic testing, serum protein electrophoresis and physical examination of the general nerve functioning to.
HOW IS POLYNEUROPATHY TREATED?
The initial treatment of Polyneuropathy involves anti-seizure drugs and physical therapy to reduce muscle stiffness and prevent contractures.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to Wu, et al in critical illness polyneuropathy supportive and preventive therapy is important for the affected individual, as well as, avoiding (or limiting) corticosteroids.