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A 50-Year-Old Woman with Burning Feet 

A 50-Year-Old Woman with Burning Feet
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A 50-Year-Old Woman with Burning Feet
Author(s):

Jeffrey A. Cohen

, Justin J. Mowchun

, Victoria H. Lawson

, and Nathaniel M. Robbins

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190491901.003.0020
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date: 20 June 2021

Small-fiber neuropathy typically presents with burning pain or with widespread brief stabbing pains, by atypical presentations including asymmetric sensory symptoms are common. Nerve conduction studies are usually normal, as this disorder test only interrogates large fiber function; in small-fiber neuropathy the pathology is restricted to smaller unmyelinated fibers. Autonomic neuropathy can accompany the painful peripheral neuropathy but can be difficult to recognize since the symptoms can be protean. In this chapter, clinical characteristics of small-fiber and autonomic neuropathy are discussed. Various diagnostic modalities are described, including the benefits and pitfalls of available options. The most common conditions causing small-fiber and autonomic neuropathy are reviewed. The controversy surrounding impaired glucose tolerance as an etiological factor is dicusssed. We discuss the available medications and outline a rational approach to treatment.

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