Diabetic peripheral neuropathy describes a variety of neuropathic conditions caused by diabetes mellitus. It is a common complication of the disease. The pathophysiology is incompletely understood but involves multifactorial mechanisms of nerve injury that lead to a painful disease state. Multiple pharmacologic treatments exist which may reduce the symptoms of disease. These include anticonvulsants, antidepressants, opioids, and topical medications. Little can be done to reverse the progression of disease, and ultimately good glycemic control is the cornerstone of prevention.
KeywordsDiabetic peripheral neuropathy Neuropathic pain Diabetes
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