Disorders of the Peripheral Nervous System

  • Kirsten Vitrikas
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Disorders of the peripheral nervous system are caused by a variety of diseases, toxins, trauma, and metabolic causes. Neuropathies are estimated to affect 2–8 % of the population with the incidence being higher in older individuals [1]. Depending on the cause a single or multiple nerves may be involved. The most common causes of polyneuropathy are diabetes, alcoholism, fatty liver disease, and malignancy.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Herpes Zoster Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Trigeminal Neuralgia Postherpetic Neuralgia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family Medicine ResidencyDavid Grant Medical CenterTravis AFBUSA

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