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Disorders of the peripheral nerves 

Disorders of the peripheral nerves
Disorders of the peripheral nerves

Anthony B. Ward

, Michael P. Barnes

, Sandra C. Stark

, and Sarah Ryan

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date: 26 September 2020

Background 366

Weakness 368

Sensory disturbance and pain 370

Guillain–Barré syndrome and critical illness polyneuropathy 372

Post-polio syndrome 374

Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathies 376

Brachial plexus injuries 378

Accurate diagnosis is important for the rehabilitation of people with disorders of the peripheral nerves. There are a small but increasing number of disorders that are now specifically treatable. Even in those disorders of peripheral nerves that do not currently have a specific treatment accurate diagnosis remains important in order to determine natural history and prognosis. This will help to determine the rehabilitation strategy. Some conditions are spontaneously recoverable—such as Guillain–Barré syndrome—whilst others are progressive—such as the hereditary motor and sensory neuropathies. Some may require surgical intervention, e.g. the brachial plexus injuries. This section will cover the following disorders of peripheral nerves in order to indicate the range and extent of rehabilitation techniques:...

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