Diabetes Metab J.  2012 Feb;36(1):6-12. 10.4093/dmj.2012.36.1.6.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Korea

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  • 1Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. bycha@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), a common and troublesome complication in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), contributes to a higher risk of diabetic foot ulcer and lower limb amputation. These situations can negatively impact the quality of life of affected individuals. Despite its high prevalence and clinical importance, most diabetes mellitus patients not only do not recognize the presence of diabetic neuropathy, but also do not report their symptoms to physicians or other health care providers. Therefore, DPN is usually under diagnosed and undertreated. For early detection and appropriate intervention for DPN, a careful history, physical with neurologic examination, and prompt treatment are needed in T2DM patients.

Keyword

Diabetes mellitus, type 2; Diabetic neuropathies; Diabetic peripheral neuropathy; Pain
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