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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 332-334

Diabetic neuropathy

Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA

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Nalini Vadivelu
Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0738.119839

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Diabetic neuropathy is a serious complication of diabetes as a result of nerve damage from long term diabetes. Oxidative stress can lead to cell damage which in painful diabetic neuropathy can be associated with peripheral and central sensitization and increased pain. The most common sites of pain are in the periphery involving the feet, toes, and hands. It is recommended that foot exams be done every year in patients with long standing diabetes to prevent diabetic neuropathy. Nerve conduction tests and electromyograms are important tests to detect diabetic neuropathy. Several drugs that have phytochemicals/plant extracts have been tried for the treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy. Research for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy is also ongoing in the field of gene therapy.

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