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Neuropathy

Apr 15, 2011 Issue
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome [Article]

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common entrapment neuropathy, affecting approximately 3 to 6 percent of adults in the general population. Although the cause is not usually determined, it can include trauma, repetitive maneuvers, certain diseases, and pregnancy. Symptoms are related to compression...


Jul 15, 2010 Issue
Treating Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain [Article]

Diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain affects the functionality, mood, and sleep patterns of approximately 10 to 20 percent of patients with diabetes mellitus. Treatment goals include restoring function and improving pain control. Patients can realistically expect a 30 to 50 percent reduction in disc...


Apr 1, 2010 Issue
Peripheral Neuropathy: Differential Diagnosis and Management [Article]

Peripheral neuropathy has a variety of systemic, metabolic, and toxic causes. The most common treatable causes include diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, and nutritional deficiencies. The diagnosis requires careful clinical assessment, judicious laboratory testing, and electrodiagnostic studies or...


Jan 15, 2010 Issue
Peripheral Nerve Entrapment and Injury in the Upper Extremity [Article]

Peripheral nerve injury of the upper extremity commonly occurs in patients who participate in recreational (e.g., sports) and occupational activities. Nerve injury should be considered when a patient experiences pain, weakness, or paresthesias in the absence of a known bone, soft tissue, or vascular...


Jun 1, 2009 Issue
AAN and EFNS Guideline on Diagnosing and Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia [Practice Guidelines]

Experts from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) reviewed the literature on the diagnosis and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia is defined as sudden, usually unilateral, severe, brief, stabbing, recurrent episodes...


May 1, 2008 Issue
Trigeminal Neuralgia [Article]

Trigeminal neuralgia is an uncommon disorder characterized by recurrent attacks of lancinating pain in the trigeminal nerve distribution. Typically, brief attacks are triggered by talking, chewing, teeth brushing, shaving, a light touch, or even a cool breeze. The pain is nearly always unilateral, a...


Oct 1, 2007 Issue
Bell's Palsy: Diagnosis and Management [Article]

Bell's palsy is a peripheral palsy of the facial nerve that results in muscle weakness on one side of the face. Affected patients develop unilateral facial paralysis over one to three days with forehead involvement and no other neurologic abnormalities. Symptoms typically peak in the first week and ...


May 1, 2007 Issue
Tramadol Relieves Neuropathic Pain [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Tramadol is an effective treatment for neuropathic pain. One out of four patients who take the medication achieves at least 50 percent pain relief.


Apr 1, 2007 Issue
Are Opioids Effective in the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain? [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Eight to 60 days of opioid therapy for the treatment of neuropathic pain effectively reduces pain scores as measured by a visual analog scale. A lack of response to opioids in the first 24 hours should not be used to predict whether longer-term opioid therapy might be beneficial. There are no contro...


Jul 1, 2006 Issue
Systemic Lidocaine or Mexiletine for Neuropathic Pain [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Intravenous lidocaine and oral mexiletine provide a modest reduction in neuropathic pain with no indication of serious adverse effects. However, safety data are limited because most studies were of relatively short duration and fewer than 400 patients have been studied in total for each drug. Intrav...


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