Alcoholic neuropathy - Symptom
Neuropathy - alcoholic; Alcoholic polyneuropathy
Additional symptoms that may occur with this disease:
Note: Changes in muscle strength or sensation usually occur on both sides of the body and are more common in the legs than in the arms. Symptoms usually develop gradually and slowly become worse over time.
Signs and tests:
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your symptoms. An eye exam may show eye problems.
Alcoholism often makes your body unable to use or store certain vitamins and minerals. Blood tests will be done to check for a deficiency (lack of):
Additional tests may be done to rule out other possible causes of neuropathy. Tests may include:
- Reviewed last on: 4/30/2011
- Kevin Sheth, MD, Department of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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