Peripheral neuropathy is a serious complication of diabetes. This form of neuropathy carries a high risk of pain, trophic changes and autonomic dysfunction. There is currently no effective treatment for diabetic neuropathy, and good glycemic control is the only way to minimize the risk of occurrence of neuropathy in patients with diabetes. Once diabetic neuropathy is present, detection of sensory loss in the feet and patient education are necessary to prevent distal trophic complications. Other causes of neuropathies must be excluded in diabetic patients with focal neuropathies, and treatable causes must always be sought in diabetic patients with disabling motor deficit.
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Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2007;3(6):331-340. © 2007 Nature Publishing Group
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