Preceding the joint meeting of the 19th annual diabetic neuropathy study group of the european association for the study of diabetes neurodiab and the 8th international symposium on diabetic neuropathy in toronto canada 13 18 october 2009 expert panels were convened to provide updates on classification definitions diagnostic criteria and treatments of diabetic peripheral neuropathies . Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disorder caused by diabetes where the patient experiences numbness and sometimes pain in the hands feet or legs its common treatable and most importantly . Diabetic radiculoplexus neuropathies drpn are neuropathies clinically and pathologically distinct from the neuropathy typically associated with diabetes dpn drpn are usually subacute in onset painful and often demonstrate a monophasic course with incomplete recovery. 4 symmetric diabetic neuropathies o the most common form of diabetic neuropathy o it is a length dependent distal process o it is very slowly progressive o it is rarely disabling o sensory symptoms predominate o painful symptoms are present in about 10 of the patients o motor symptoms are usually minimal diabetic distal symmetric polyneuropathy
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