Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Causes Neuropathy?

Monday, 07 Jun 2010 11:35 AM


Question: Please discuss "neuropathy" and what causes it.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

A neuropathy is a disorder of nerve tissue transmission, conduction, and/or function. It may result from trauma, toxicity, inflammation, circulatory disorder, autoimmune disorder, tumor, or infection. It may also be caused by conditions that involve the loss of myelin, the insulating layer of tissue around the outside of the nerve itself that allows for efficient transmission of impulses.
Alternatively, neuropathy may result from extension of disease or injury at the junction of the spinal cord and the rootlets that come together to form the nerve or even at the other end of the nerve where impulse transmission may be disrupted by trauma, infection, tumor, disease, toxicity or scar formation.
Peripheral nerve injury usually results in a neuropathy. The prognosis and extent varies according to the cause. If the cause is remedied, some nerve function may return over time. This is why neuropathic conditions need very aggressive evaluation and treatment.
More importantly, those diseases and conditions which cause neuropathy as complications need to be addressed to at least delay, if not prevent permanent nerve damage.

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A neuropathy is a disorder of nerve tissue transmission, conduction, and/or function. It may result from trauma, toxicity, inflammation, circulatory disorder, autoimmune disorder, tumor, or infection.
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