Korean J Med.  2016 May;90(5):394-401. 10.3904/kjm.2016.90.5.394.

Peripheral Neuropathy

  • 1Department of Neurology, Konkuk University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. serein@kuh.ac.kr


Peripheral neuropathies are common in neurological practice, but it is also tue that they are common in many other medical and surgical fields. There are hundreds and thousands causes of peripheral neuropathies, and a variety of clinical manifestations. Diagnostic approach includes through history taking, neurologic examination focused on the motor and sensory system, serologic investigation with proper electrodiagnostic studies. The first and essential step is to know the clinical characteristics of peripheral neuropathies and caterogorize them to subtype for differential diagnosis. However, up to 30% of the neuropathy remains idiopathic despite of extensive evaluation. Symptomatic management with serial follow up is essential in these cryptogenic neuropathies. Herein, the clinical symptoms and signs of peripheral neuropathy and symptomatic management of neuropathic pain will be briefly reviewed.


Peripheal neuropathy; Polyneuropathies; Diagnosis, Pain management
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