Peripheral Neuropathy

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Peripheral Neuropathy

When the Numbness, Weakness and Pain Won't Stop


Norman Latov



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"Peripheral neuropathy affects 10 to 20 million people in the U.S, including ten per cent of all people who have diabetes. This condition has numerous causes, but can be associated with diseases such as HIV, alcoholism, and lupus, and may result from treatments for other medical conditions, such as cancer chemotherapy. Symptoms include pain, numbness, loss of balance, and tingling in the extremities. Although a widespread condition, most people don't know about it, and when diagnosed find it difficult to obtain information.

Peripheral Neuropathy, by Norman Latov, Professor of Neurology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, explains what we know about neuropathy, including its causes and manifestations, and what can be done to manage it. Topics covered include:

  • The causes of peripheral neuropathy
  • Drug therapy for the condition itself and for managing symptoms such as pain
  • Interventional therapy
  • Caring for your feet
  • Personal accounts of people living with neuropathy
  • Alternative medicines, and much more

This indispensable guide will help millions of people understand this condition so that they can take control of their lives and make informed decisions. In addition, it will be a useful resource for their families, caregivers, and health care providers."

Product Details

  • Publication Date November 08, 2006
  • Page Count 134
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603590

About The Author(s)

Dr. Norman Latov PhD, MD

Norman Latov, MD, PhD, is Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, and Director of the Peripheral Neuropathy Clinical and Research Center at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is a graduate of Columbia College, received the M.D., Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, served as Medical Intern at Boston City Hospital, and completed a residency in Neurology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Resident. He lectures widely, and has over 200 publications, including research articles, reviews, editorials, chapters and books.

Table of Contents

"What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
The Peripheral Web
Functional Organization of the Peripheral Nervous System
Three Types of Nerves
Motor, Sensory, and Autonomic Organization of Peripheral Nerves
Patterns of Neuropathy
Focal, Multifocal and Distal
Selective Vulnerability
Is it Axonal, Demyelinating, or Small Fiber
Symptoms of Neuropathy
Motor Symptoms
Sensory Symptoms
Autonomic Symptoms
Evaluation and Diagnosis
Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
Neuropathies Associated with Diabetes and Glucose Intolerance
Neuropathies Associated with Nutritional Deficiencies and Gastrointestinal Disorders
Autoimmune Neuropathies
Neuropathies Caused by Infections
Neuropathies Associated with Cancer
Hereditary Neuropathies
Drug Induced Neuropathies
Neuropathies Caused by Toxins
Neuropathies Associated with Renal Failure
Neuropathies Associated with Thyroid Disease
Entrapment Syndromes
Idiopathic Neuropathies
Management of Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Drug Therapy
Interventional Therapy
Treatment of Autonomic Symptoms
Adaptive Devices and Physical and Occupational Therapy
Caring for Your Feet
Alternative Medicines
Sharing Stories and Experiences."