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Peripheral Nerve Disorders 

Peripheral Nerve Disorders
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Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Author(s):

Sarah E. Berini

and Nathan P. Staff

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190244927.003.0046
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date: 18 October 2019

Disorders of the peripheral nerves are some of the most common conditions that neurologists face in clinical practice. The wide differential diagnosis that often accompanies peripheral nerve disorders may be narrowed by careful attention to the history (time course, preexisting disease, and family history), peripheral neuroanatomy, patient symptomatology (sensory loss, paresthesia, pain, and weakness), and the neurologic examination (sensory loss, weakness, atrophy, and reduced muscle stretch reflexes). This chapter provides an overview of peripheral nerve disorders as they occur in their various forms: diffuse (polyneuropathy), multifocal (plexopathy), and focal (mononeuropathy and radiculopathy).

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