Patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy have damage to their peripheral nerves, which include the nerves that transmit information to and from the brain and spinal cord. Patients can have one damaged nerve, called mononeuropathy, or multiple damaged nerves, called polyneuropathy. The nerve damage can affect the sensory, motor or autonomic nerves, which results in different symptoms. For example, a patient with sensory nerve damage can have tingling or numbness, while a patient with motor nerve damage can have muscle twitching. Several conditions can cause peripheral neuropathy, including hereditary disorders, diabetes, infections, certain medications and toxin exposure. Here at Bright Hub, you can find articles on peripheral neuropathy: its symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment.
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