What is Polyneuropathy: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, Diagnosis

What Is Polyneuropathy?

Polyneuropathy is one of the most common forms of neuropathy. Neuropathy means any damage or dysfunction of the nerves. Polyneuropathy is a condition in which the peripheral nerves or the nerves that lie outside the brain and the spinal cord get damaged, injured, or become dysfunctional resulting in pain among other symptoms. As the name suggests, Polyneuropathy means that multiple nerves of the peripheral nervous system gets damaged or dysfunctional all at one time resulting in symptoms depending on which nerve gets affected the most.

Polyneuropathy can be a hereditary condition as well as it can be acquired from other medical conditions. The most common hereditary medical condition that causes Polyneuropathy is Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease and diabetes mellitus is the most common cause of acquired Polyneuropathy.

Common symptoms of Polyneuropathy are numbness and tingling in the extremities along with muscle weakness and wasting or atrophy. Polyneuropathy can also cause abnormalities in blood pressure along with dysphagia and incontinence.

Treatment for Polyneuropathy is basically aimed at treating the underlying condition which led to the development of this condition. Apart from this, physical therapy and TENS unit are also widely used for treating Polyneuropathy.

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