What is included in the long-term monitoring of diabetic neuropathy?

Updated: Jan 17, 2020
  • Author: Dianna Quan, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Patients with diabetic neuropathy should have regular monitoring by a primary care physician. Patients should be monitored every 4 weeks to 3 months to try to assess whether therapy is working to decrease pain or nausea or vomiting and also to taper off medications for painful peripheral neuropathy. Objective measures of function and improvement should be taken at every visit. Examine the patient's feet and assess with monofilament and tuning fork on every visit when the patient comes in for DM care. Monitoring patients closely for glycemic control is essential. [71]

Confocal microscopy of the cornea lends itself to longitudinally assessing progression of neuropathy. Furthermore, improvements in risk factors such as glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels may be associated with morphological repair of nerve fibers. [103]

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