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Pediatric Nursing. In contrast, if demyelination predominates and the motor deficit affects proximal and distal muscle groups, the diagnoses of CIDP, monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance MGUS , and vasculitis should be considered 52 The diagnosis of these demyelinating conditions is often overlooked, although recognition is very important because unlike DN, they are sometimes treatable.

Furthermore, they occur 11 times more frequently in diabetic than nondiabetic patients 54 Biopsy of the obturator nerve reveals deposition of immunoglobulin, demyelination and inflammatory cell infiltrate of the vasa nervorum 56 Cerebrospinal fluid CSF protein content is high and there is an increase in the lymphocyte count.

Treatment options include: It is important to divide proximal syndromes into these two subcategories, because the CIDP variant responds dramatically to intervention 52 58 , whereas amyotrophy runs its own course over months to years.

Until more evidence is available, they should be considered separate syndromes. Diabetic truncal radiculoneuropathy affects middle-aged to elderly patients and has a predilection for male sex. Pain is the most important symptom and it occurs in a girdle-like distribution over the lower thoracic or abdominal wall. It can be uni- or bilaterally distributed. Motor weakness is rare.

Resolution generally occurs within months. Reversible abnormalities of nerve function may occur in patients with recently diagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes. These are unlikely to be caused by structural abnormalities, as recovery soon follows restoration of euglycemia. Rapidly reversible hyperglycemic neuropathy usually presents with distal sensory symptoms, and whether these abnormalities result in an increased risk of developing chronic neuropathies in the future remains unknown 17 Acute sensory painful neuropathy is considered by some authors a distinctive variant of distal symmetrical polyneuropathy.

The syndrome is characterized by severe pain, cachexia, weight loss, depression and, in males, erectile dysfunction. It occurs predominantly in male patients and may appear at any time in the course of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

It is self-limiting and invariably responds to simple symptomatic treatment.

Conditions such as Fabry's disease, amyloidosis, HIV infection, heavy metal poisoning such as arsenic , and excess alcohol consumption should be excluded Patients report unremitting burning, deep pain and hyperesthesia especially in the feet.

Signs are usually absent with a relatively normal clinical examination, except for allodynia exaggerated response to non-noxious stimuli during sensory testing and, occasionally, absent or reduced ankle reflexes.

Acute sensory neuropathy is usually associated with poor glycemic control but may also appear after sudden improvement of glycemia and has been associated with the onset of insulin therapy, being termed "insulin neuritis" on occasions Patients present with severe neuropathic pain, autonomic symptoms, and an acute worsening of retinopathy. Although the pathologic basis has not been determined, one hypothesis suggests that changes in blood glucose flux produce alterations in epineurial blood flow, leading to ischemia; proinflammatory cytokines from activation of microglia have also been implicated 61 A study using in vivo epineurial vessel photography and fluorescein angiography demonstrated abnormalities of epineurial vessels including arteriovenous shunting and proliferating new vessels in patients with acute sensory neuropathy Other authors relate this syndrome to diabetic lumbosacral radiculoplexus neuropathy DLRPN and propose an immune mediated mechanism The key in the management of this syndrome is achieving blood glucose stability Most patients also require medication for neuropathic pain.

The natural history of this disease is resolution of symptoms within one year DPN is probably the most common form of the diabetic neuropathies 17 It is seen in both type 1 and type 2 DM with similar frequency and it may be already present at the time of diagnosis of type 2 DM Studies using skin and nerve biopsies have shown progressive reduction in peripheral nerve fibers from the time of the diagnosis of diabetes or even in earlier pre-diabetic stages IGT and metabolic syndrome 38 Sensory symptoms are more prominent than motor symptoms and usually involve the lower limbs.

These include pain, paresthesiae, hyperesthesiae, deep aching, burning and sharp stabbing sensations similar to but less severe than those described in acute sensory neuropathy. In addition, patients may experience negative symptoms such as numbness in the feet and legs, leading in time to painless foot ulcers and subsequent amputations if the neuropathy is not promptly recognized and treated. Unsteadiness is also frequently seen due to abnormal proprioception and muscle sensory function 72 Alternatively, some patients may be completely asymptomatic and signs may be only discovered by a detailed neurological examination.

On physical examination a symmetrical stocking like distribution of sensory abnormalities in both lower limbs is usually seen. In more severe cases hands may be involved.

Deep tendon reflexes may be absent or reduced, especially in the lower extremities. Mild muscle wasting may be seen but severe weakness is rare and should raise the question of a possible non-diabetic etiology of the neuropathy 17 DPN is frequently accompanied by autonomic neuropathy, which will be described in more detail below. Clinical presentation of small and large fiber neuropathies: C fibers can be myelinated or unmyelinated and have both sensory warm perception and pain and autonomic functions blood pressure and heart rate regulation, sweating, etc.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a common late complication of diabetes. It results in a variety of syndromes for which there is no universally accepted unique classification.

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Because of the lack of agreement on the definition and diagnostic assessment of neuropathy, several consensus conferences were convened to overcome the current problems, the most recent of which has re-defined the minimal criteria for the diagnosis of typical DSPN as summarized below The presence of symptoms or signs of DSPN may include the following: The presence of a combination of symptoms and signs of neuropathy including any 2 or more of the following: The presence of an abnormality of nerve conduction and a symptom or symptoms, or a sign or signs, of neuropathy confirm DSPN.

If nerve conduction is normal, a validated measure of small fiber neuropathy SFN with class 1 evidence may be used. To assess for the severity of DSPN, several approaches can be recommended: The presence of no signs or symptoms of neuropathy are confirmed with abnormal nerve conduction or a validated measure of SFN with class 1 evidence.

Definitions 1, 2, or 3 can be used for clinical practice and definitions 3 or 4 can be used for research studies. SFN should be graded as follows: The diagnosis of DSPN should rest on the findings of the clinical and neurological examinations, i. In addition, assessment of joint position and motor power may be indicated. An indicator test for the detection of sudomotor dysfunction is the Neuropad which assesses plantar sweat production by means of a color change from blue to pink.

The patch contains the complex salt anhydrous cobalt-II-chloride. In the presence of water, this salt absorbs water molecules, normally changing its color from blue to pink.

If the patch remains completely or partially blue within 10 min, the result is considered abnormal Level III, Grade B The entire evaluation takes only 2 minutes and can be done in an ambulatory setting no Level or Grade as yet.

The following findings should alert the physician to consider causes for DSPN other than diabetes and referral for a detailed neurological work-up: There are a number of conditions that can be mistaken for painful diabetic neuropathy: These contrast with the pain of DPN which is bilateral, symmetrical, covering the whole foot and particularly the dorsum, and is worse at night interfering with sleep.

The most important differential diagnoses from the general medicine perspective include neuropathies caused by alcohol abuse, uremia, hypothyroidism, vitamin B12 deficiency, peripheral arterial disease, cancer, inflammatory and infectious diseases, and neurotoxic drugs Clinical assessment should be standardized and conducted using validated, sufficiently reproducible, scores for both the severity of symptoms and the degree of neuropathic deficits.

The neurological history and examination should be performed initially and then with all subsequent visits. However, this means that the exclusive presence of neuropathic symptoms without deficits is not sufficient to diagnose DSPN. Therefore, early stages of DSPN or a painful small fiber neuropathy with or without minimal deficits can only be verified using more sophisticated tests such as thermal thresholds or skin biopsy. Skin biopsy has become a widely used tool to investigate small caliber sensory nerves including somatic unmyelinated intraepidermal nerve fibers IENF , dermal myelinated nerve fibers, and autonomic nerve fibers in peripheral neuropathies and other conditions Different techniques for tissue processing and nerve fiber evaluation have been used.

Level 1a, Grade A. Autonomic testing should be considered to document autonomic nervous system dysfunction Level B.

Such testing should be considered especially for the evaluation of suspected autonomic neuropathy Level B and distal small fiber sensory polyneuropathy SFSN Level C. The neurological examination should focus on the lower extremities and should always include an accurate foot inspection for deformities, ulcers, fungal infection, muscle wasting, hair distribution or loss, and the presence or absence of pulses.

Sensory modalities should be assessed using simple handheld devices touch by cotton wool or soft brush; vibration by Hz tuning-fork; pressure by the Semmes-Weinstein 1 and 10 g monofilament; pinprick by Waardenburg wheel, Neurotip or a pin; temperature by cold and warm objects Level 1a, Grade A Finally, the Achilles reflexes should be tested 27, Table 3 Quantitative sensory testing QST enables more accurate assessment of sensory deficits - also those related to small fiber function - by applying controlled and quantified stimuli and standardized procedures.

There is no definite evidence of its accuracy and usefulness in diagnosing distal symmetric polyneuropathy 76 , but QST measuring vibration and thermal perception thresholds is probably an effective tool in DSPN Level 1b, Grade B Moreover, assessment of thermal thresholds is a key element in the diagnostic pathway of small fiber polyneuropathy 17, An atypical pattern of presentation of symptoms or signs, i.

Furthermore, in the presence of such atypical neuropathic signs and symptoms other forms of neuropathy should be sought and excluded. A good medical history is essential to exclude other causes of neuropathy: As recommended for all patients with distal symmetric polyneuropathy 93 , screening laboratory tests may be considered in selected patients with DSPN, serum B12 with its metabolites and serum protein immunofixation electrophoresis being those with the highest yield of abnormalities Validated scoring systems for symptoms and signs are available in the form of questionnaires or checklists, such as the Neuropathy Symptom Score 98 and the Michigan Neuropathy Screening Instrument Questionnaire 88 for symptoms; and the Michigan Neuropathy Screening Instrument 88 and the Neuropathy Disability Score 98 for signs.

Level Ia, Grade A. Corneal confocal microscopy CCM is a noninvasive technique used to detect small nerve fiber loss in the cornea which correlates with both increasing neuropathic severity and reduced IENFD in diabetic patients 99, A novel technique of real-time mapping permits an area of 3.

Contact Heat Evoked Potentials CHEPS has now been studied in healthy controls, newly diagnosed diabetics, established diabetics, and patients with the metabolic syndrome. It does appear that CHEPS is capable of detecting small fiber neuropathy in the absence of other indices, and that CHEPS correlates with quantitative sensory perception and objective tests of small fiber function such as the cooling detection threshold and cold pain Level IIa, Grade B Symptoms of neuropathy are personal experiences and vary markedly from one patient to another.

For this reason, a number of symptom screening questionnaires with similar scoring systems have been developed. The Neurologic Symptom Score NSS has 38 items that capture symptoms of muscle weakness, sensory disturbances and autonomic dysfunction.

These questionnaires are useful for patient follow-up and to assess response to treatment. A detailed clinical examination is the key to the diagnosis of DPN.

The last position statement of the American Diabetes Association recommends that all patients with diabetes be screened for DN at diagnosis in type 2 DM and 5 years after diagnosis in type 1 DM. DN screening should be repeated annually and must include sensory examination of the feet and ankle reflexes One or more of the following can be used to assess sensory function: For this last test a simple substitute is to use 25 lb strain fishing line cut into 4 cm and 8 cm lengths, which translate to 10 and 1 g monofilaments respectively Longitudinal studies have shown that these simple tests are good predictors of foot ulcer risk These, in combination with symptom scores, are useful in documenting and monitoring neuropathic patients in the clinic The feet should always be examined in detail to detect ulcers, calluses and deformities, and footwear must be inspected at every visit.

Multiple studies have proven the value of Quantitative Sensory Testing QST measures in the detection of subclinical neuropathy small fiber neuropathy , the assessment of progression of neuropathy, and the prediction of risk of foot ulceration These standardized measures of vibration and thermal thresholds also play an important role in multicenter clinical trials as primary efficacy endpoints.

The use of electrophysiologic measures NCV in both clinical practice and multicenter clinical trials is recommended The sural and peroneal nerve conduction velocities diminished by 2.

However, the neurophysiologic findings vary widely depending on the population tested and the type and distribution of the neuropathy. Patients with painful, predominantly small fiber neuropathy have normal studies. There is consistent evidence that small, unmyelinated fibers are affected early in DM and these alterations are not diagnosed by routine NCV studies. Therefore, other methods, such as QST, autonomic testing or skin biopsy with quantification of intraepidermal nerve fibers IENF are needed to detect these patients 37 38 Nevertheless electrophysiological studies play a key role in ruling out other causes of neuropathy and are essential for the identification of focal and multifocal neuropathies 17 The importance of the skin biopsy as a diagnostic tool for DPN is increasingly being recognized 38 This technique quantitates small epidermal nerve fibers through antibody staining of the pan-axonal marker protein gene product 9.

Though minimally invasive 3-mm diameter punch biopsy , it enables a direct study of small fibers, which cannot be evaluated by NCV studies. It has led to the recognition of the small nerve fiber syndrome as part of IGT and the metabolic syndrome Figure 5. Therapeutic life style changes can result in nerve fiber regeneration, reversal of the neuropathy, and alleviation of symptoms see below.

Loss of cutaneous nerve fibers that stain positive for the neuronal antigen protein gene product 9. It is widely recognized that neuropathy per se can affect the quality of life QOL of the diabetic patient.

The Norfolk QOL questionnaire for DN is a validated tool addressing specific symptoms and the impact of large, small and autonomic nerve fiber functions.

The tool has been used in clinical trials and is available in several validated language versions. It was tested in subjects healthy controls, diabetic controls and DN patients: Total QOL scores correlated with total neuropathy scores. The diagnosis of DPN is mainly a clinical one with the aid of specific diagnostic tests according to the type and severity of the neuropathy.

However other non-diabetic causes of neuropathy must always be excluded, depending on the clinical findings B12 deficiency, hypothyroidism, uremia, CIDP, etc Figure 6. Treatment of DN should be targeted towards a number of different aspects: Several long-term prospective studies that assessed the effects of intensive diabetes therapy on the prevention and progression of chronic diabetic complications have been published.

Thus, only a minority of the patients enrolled in these studies had symptomatic DSPN at entry. Studies in type 1 diabetic patients show that intensive diabetes therapy retards but does not completely prevent the development of DSPN.

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In contrast, in type 2 diabetic patients, who represent the vast majority of people with diabetes, the results were largely negative. However, the only additional time point at which VPT reached a significant difference between IT and CT was the 9-year follow-up, whereas the rates after 3, 6, and 12 years did not differ between the groups. Likewise, the rates of absent knee and ankle reflexes as well as the heart rate responses to deep breathing did not differ between the groups Likewise, in the VADT study including 1, military veterans mean age, At transition, loss of sensation to light touch was significantly improved on intensive vs standard diabetes therapy.

However, because of the premature study termination and the aggressive HbA1c goal, the neuropathy outcome in the ACCORD trial is difficult to interpret. In the Steno 2 Study , intensified multifactorial risk intervention including intensive diabetes treatment, angiotensin converting enzyme ACE -inhibitors, antioxidants, statins, aspirin, and smoking cessation in patients with microalbuminuria showed no effect on DSPN after 7.

Thus, there is no evidence that intensive diabetes therapy or a target-driven intensified intervention aimed at multiple risk factors favorably influences the development or progression of DSPN as opposed to CAN in type 2 diabetic patients. However, the Steno study used only vibration detection, which measures exclusively the changes in large fiber function.

A number of studies have shown that hyperglycemia causes oxidative stress in tissues that are susceptible to complications of diabetes, including peripheral nerves. Figure 2 presents our current understanding of the mechanisms and potential therapeutic pathways for oxidative stress-induced nerve damage.

Studies show that hyperglycemia induces an increased presence of markers of oxidative stress, such as superoxide and peroxynitrite ions, and that antioxidant defense moieties are reduced in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy Therapies known to reduce oxidative stress are therefore recommended.

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Advanced glycation end-products AGE are the result of non-enzymatic addition of glucose or other saccharides to proteins, lipids, and nucleotides. In diabetes, excess glucose accelerates AGE generation that leads to intra- and extracellular protein cross-linking and protein aggregation. Activation of RAGE AGE receptors alters intracellular signaling and gene expression, releases pro-inflammatory molecules, and results in an increased production of reactive oxygen species ROS that contribute to diabetic microvascular complications.

Aminoguanidine, an inhibitor of AGE formation, showed good results in animal studies but trials in humans have been discontinued because of toxicity Benfotiamine is a transketolase activator that reduces tissue AGEs.

Several independent pilot studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in diabetic polyneuropathy. The BEDIP 3-week study used a mg daily dose, and the BENDIP 6-week study used and mg daily doses; both studies demonstrated subjective improvements in neuropathy scores in the groups receiving benfotiamine, with a pronounced decrease in reported pain levels An alternate combination of benfotiamine mg and pyridoxine mg has been shown to improve diabetic polyneuropathy in a small number of diabetic patients ARIs reduce the flux of glucose through the polyol pathway, inhibiting tissue accumulation of sorbitol and fructose.

In a month study of zenarestat a dose dependent improvement in nerve fiber density was shown In a one year trial of fidarestat in Japanese diabetics, improvement of symptoms was shown , and a 3 year study of epalrestat showed improved nerve function NCV as well as vibration perception Newer ARIs are currently being explored, and some positive results have emerged , but it is becoming clear that these may be insufficient per se and combinations of treatments may be needed Gamma-Linolenic acid can cause significant improvement in clinical and electrophysiological tests for neuropathy Alpha-Lipoic acid or thioctic acid has been used for its antioxidant properties and for its thiol-replenishing redox-modulating properties.

A number of studies show its favorable influence on microcirculation and reversal of symptoms of neuropathy A meta-analysis including 1, patients from four randomized clinical trials concluded that mg of i.

Protein kinase C PKC activation is a critical step in the pathway to diabetic microvascular complications. Nevertheless, in a subgroup of patients with less severe DN sural nerve action potential greater than 0.

A smaller, single center study showed improvement in symptom scores, endothelium dependent skin blood flow measurements, and quality of life scores in the ruboxistaurin treated group These studies and the NATHAN studies have pointed out the change in the natural history of DN with the advent of therapeutic lifestyle change, statins and ACE inhibitors, which have slowed the progression of DN and drastically altered the requirements for placebo-controlled studies.

As such C-peptide is now undergoing evaluation to prevent or improve early peripheral nerve deterioration in type 1 diabetic patients There is increasing evidence that there is a deficiency of nerve growth factor NGF in diabetes, as well as the dependent neuropeptides substance P SP and calcitonin gene-related peptide CGRP and that this contributes to the clinical perturbations in small-fiber function Clinical trials with NGF have not been successful but are subject to certain caveats with regard to design; however, NGF still holds promise for sensory and autonomic neuropathies The pathogenesis of DN includes loss of vasa nervorum, so it is likely that appropriate application of vascular endothelial growth factor VEGF would reverse the dysfunction.

There are ongoing VEGF gene studies with transfection of the gene into the muscle in humans. Hepatocyte growth facto HGF is another potent angiogenic cytokine under study for the treatment of painful neuropathy. Maysinger et al showed significant improvement in thermal hypoalgesia in diabetic mice after a 2-week treatment with INGAP peptide Several different autoantibodies in human sera have been reported that can react with epitopes in neuronal cells and have been associated with DN.

Perhaps the clearest link between autoimmunity and neuropathy has been the demonstration of an fold increased likelihood of CIDP, multiple motor polyneuropathy, vasculitis and monoclonal gammopathies in diabetes New data, however, support a predictive role of the presence of antineuronal antibodies on the later development of neuropathy, suggesting that these antibodies may not be innocent bystanders but neurotoxins There may be selected cases, particularly those with autonomic neuropathy, evidence of antineuronal autoimmunity, and CIDP, that may benefit from intravenous immunoglobulin or large dose steroids Chronic pain may be nociceptive which occurs as a result of disease or damage to tissue wherein there is no abnormality in the nervous system or there may be no somatic abnormality.

Persistent neuropathic pain interferes significantly with quality of life QOL , impairing sleep and recreation; it also significantly impacts emotional wellbeing, and is associated with if not the cause of depression, anxiety, loss of sleep, and noncompliance with treatment Early recognition of psychological problems is critical to the management of pain and physicians need to go beyond the management of pain per se if they are to achieve success.

A grading system for the degree of certainty of the diagnosis of neuropathic pain has been proposed. It is based on four simple criteria, namely:. Degree of certainty is defined according to the number of criteria met: This system is necessary because there is no consensus on the diagnostic validity of the criteria, since neuropathic pain is a composite of pain and other sensory symptoms associated with nerve injury.

For example: Because of its complexity the presentation of pain poses a diagnostic dilemma for the clinician who needs to distinguish between neuropathic pain arising as a direct consequence of a lesion or disease of the somatosensory system, and nociceptive pain that is due to trauma, inflammation or injury. It is imperative to try to establish the nature of any predisposing factor including the pathogenesis of the pain if one is to be successful in its management.

Management of neuropathic pain requires a sound relationship between patient and physician, with an emphasis on a positive outlook and encouragement that there is a solution.

This requires patience and targeted pain-centered strategies that deal with the underlying disorder rather than the usual band aid prescription of drugs approved for general pain, which do not address the disease process.

The inciting injury may be focal or diffuse and may involve single, or more likely, multiple mechanisms such as metabolic disturbances encompassing hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, glucose fluctuations, or intensification of therapy with insulin.

On the other hand, the injury might embrace autoimmune mechanisms, neurovascular insufficiency, deficient neurotrophism, oxidative and nitrosative stress, or inflammation Because pain syndromes in diabetes may be focal or diffuse, proximal or distal, acute or chronic, each has its own pathogenesis and the treatment must be tailored to the underlying disorder if the outcome is to be successful.

The presence of diabetes must be established if this has not already been done.

An A1c or random glucose may suffice but in rare instances a full 75g glucose tolerance test may need to be done It is now clear, however, that this form of neuropathy may precede the onset of diabetes and occurs in IFG and IGT Neuropathic pain could arise from neuronal dysfunctions all along the somatosensory system from its most peripheral part, i.

Nerve damage may induce peripheral sensitization. This is related to the release of inflammatory mediators which activate intracellular signal transduction pathways in the nociceptor terminal, prompting an increase in the production, transport, and membrane insertion of transducer channels and voltage-gated ion channels , Following nerve injury, different types of voltage-gated sodium channels are up-regulated at the site of the lesion and in the dorsal root ganglion membrane, promoting ectopic spontaneous activity along the primary afferent neuron and determining hyperexcitability associated with lowered activation threshold, hyper-reactivity to stimuli, and abnormal release of neurotransmitters such as substance P and glutamate 97, As a consequence of this hyperactivity in primary afferent nociceptive neurons, important secondary changes may occur in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord and higher up in the central nervous system leading to neuron hyperexcitability.

This phenomenon, called central sensitization, is a form of use-dependent synaptic plasticity, considered a major pathophysiological mechanism of neuropathic pain Different studies have demonstrated that thalamic dysfunction occurs in patients with diabetes as well as in experimental models Cortical disinhibition has also been demonstrated in patients with PDPN using the transcranial magnetic stimulation technique In addition, nerve injury appears to suspend the inhibitory modulation exerted by noradrenergic descending pathways, letting facilitatory modulation by serotoninergic descending pathways prevail.

Finally, pre- and post-synaptic GABAergic inhibition is lost and this may produce paradoxical excitation, contributing to neuron hyperexcitability and even to spontaneous neuron activity A number of tools have been developed to differentiate non-nociceptive stimuli allodynia , increased pain sensitivity to stimuli hyperalgesia , and summation, which is progressive worsening of pain caused by repeated mild noxious stimuli Level IIb, Grade B Since neuropathic pain is subjective there are no tests that can quantify this in humans.

For that matter, all tests of pain in animal studies are really measures of reaction time to heat or other stimuli, which is one of the reasons for failure of translation of animal studies to man. Thus, laboratory tests do not reflect spontaneous pain but rather the function of the nociceptive system and, ultimately, with Quantitative Sensory Testing QST , the evoked positive sensory phenomena associated with neuropathic pain, i.

This means that the results of laboratory tests become useful only in the context of a comprehensive clinical examination. Among the tests, late laser-evoked potentials Ad-LEPs are the easiest and most reliable neurophysiological tools for assessing nociceptive Ad fiber pathway function in both peripheral and central neuropathic pain, with the limitation of very low availability Level IIb, Grade B The morphological study of cutaneous nerve fibers IENF, intraepidermal nerve fiber using skin biopsy and IENF density assessment is regarded as a reproducible marker of small fiber sensory pathology.

In particular, distal leg skin biopsy with quantification of IENF density is a reliable and efficient technique to assess the diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy [European Federation of Neurological Societies EFNS Level Ia, Grade A recommendation] 90 but is still not widely available.

Functional neuroimaging techniques, such as Positron Emission Tomography PET for the central nervous system and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging fMRI for both central and peripheral nervous systems MR neurography , have been used mainly for research purposes to evaluate the central mechanisms of pain in chronic pain conditions or to visualize intraneural and extraneural lesions of peripheral nerves Level IV, Grade C The intensity severity of neuropathic pain and its course should be assessed using an Point numerical rating scale Likert scale or a visual analogue scale.

These questionnaires use verbal descriptors and pain qualities as a basis for distinguishing neuropathic pain from other types of chronic pain such as nociceptive pain Evaluation of pain intensity is essential for monitoring response to therapy. With the visual analog scale the patient marks the intensity of their pain on a scale from , allowing an assessment of the response to intervention.

Simultaneously, the patient should complete a quality of life tool such as the Norfolk QOL-DN which needs to include comorbidities such as anxiety, depression, and sleep interference Level 1a, Grade A 9. Such a tool permits evaluation of the impact of the pain on quality of life QOL , anxiety and depression, all of which are known to be accompanying features of DPN.

Several studies have consistently found that neuropathic pain has a negative impact on global health-related quality of life.

A systematic review of 52 studies in patients with one out of 6 different disorders associated with neuropathic pain, including PDPN, established that neuropathic pain impairs physical and emotional functioning, role functioning including participation in gainful employment, sleep and, to a lesser degree, social functioning.

In addition, there is also evidence suggesting an association between neuropathic pain and depression, as for other types of pain.

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Also the nature of pain may be important, as Daousi et al. Neuropathic pain is the consequence of an array of diseases or injuries to the peripheral or central nervous system.

It is often chronic and if inadequately treated patients may experience anxiety, depression, catastrophising behaviour an inability to accept chronic pain , and sleep disturbances. Treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain conditions can benefit from further understanding of the impact of pain response and QOL including ADLs and sleep. Castro et al studied patients with depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.

As a corollary Gore et al showed that with increasing pain severity there was a linear increase in HADs pain and Depression scores. Moreover Gupta et al showed that higher scores for anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances predicted the development of pain.

The pain circuit therefore involves not only the peripheral sensory pathways but also the central emotional and cognitive neural pathways Figure 8. The microanatomy of pain is only beginning to evolve, and recent studies using functional MRI and CHEPS are beginning to define the role of the thalamus, limbic region, and cerebral cortex in pain manifestations.

It is becoming increasingly clear that pain has strong neuro-endocrine, autonomic, pro-inflammatory, and neuro-degenerative underpinnings Of particular note is the activation of the autonomic nervous system and the association between pain, anxiety, and autonomic nervous system dysfunction Martinez Lavin has shown that infusion of norepinephrine heightens the pain experienced, and Rainsville has shown that negative emotions exacerbate pain There is also a significant impact of chronic pain on immune function , with increases in circulating levels of IL-6, IL-8 and IL1-ra.

IL-8 is a proinflammatory cytokine which mediates sympathetic pain; IL1-ra is involved with stress; and IL-6 activates sympathetic pain and is involved with stress, fatigue, hyperalgesia, and depression.

Thus, it should be recognized that pain management programmes based on cognitive behavioral principles, are the treatment of choice. Evaluation of outcomes should be standard practice, assessing distress and the emotional impact of pain.

Sankar et al. Anxiety resulted in reporting a significantly higher pain intensity score [NPS: Patients with anxiety also reported significantly higher scores in all sub-categories of Norfolk QOL 9. Subjects who were depressed were less likely to accept pain [CPAQ depression vs. ITT population comprised patients and placebo.

Pearson correlations and pathway analysis were used in the analysis. The data showed a direct relationship between the reduction in pain and enhanced sleep, as well as improvement in social functioning on the SF36 scale. Indeed, the improvement in social functioning depended on pain relief and sleep improvement equally well.

In addition, the effects of pregabalin on pain relief were mediated directly and indirectly through its effects on sleep improvement about equally Level 1a Grade A. This speaks to the need for determining sleep status in the evaluation of pain and choosing an agent capable of enhancing sleep if pain relief is to be achieved. Finally, Boyd et al have shown that relief of pain with the anti-epileptic drug topiramate is associated with improvement in subjective and objective measures of nerve function as well as intraepidermal nerve fiber regeneration Level 1b Grade A Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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This book is a good place to start before taking on the Internet's more extensive and trchnical medical Web sites. I read it twice to be sure I had a good foundation before seeing a neurologist. This book has a lot of detailed information on the different kinds of neuropathy, the causes and some treatments. I especially enjoyed the stories towards the end of the book shared by those who are suffering from this disease.

It helps readers understand that they are not alone. The only thing I didn't like about the book is Dr. Latov's opinion of natural medicine and that there was hardly any mention of treating neuropathy with supplementation, diet and exercise.

I have found huge relief and feel that my nerve damage is being reversed by taking Alpha Lipoic Acid, L-carnitine, methyl-cobalamin shots along with going gluten free.

I suggest this book if you are looking for information on Neuropathy but not a good source for treatments. My husband came down with Peripheral Neuropathy shortly after having major surgury and going through a large dose of Prednisone therapy.

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The intensity severity of neuropathic pain and its course should be assessed using an Point numerical rating scale Likert scale or a visual analogue scale. There are a number of conditions that can be mistaken for painful diabetic neuropathy: Freeman Peripheral Neuropathies: Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathies DN may be silent and go undetected while exercising its ravages, or it may present with clinical symptoms and signs that may mimic those seen in many other diseases. Responses to treatment by self-reporting using a diary can document the course of painful symptoms and their impact on daily life Level 1a, Grade A