Also known as: peripheral neuropathy

What is polyneuropathy?

Neuropathy refers to damage that occurs to the nerves. When this damage occurs to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, or those outside of the brain and spinal cord, it is known as polyneuropathy. It can be either acute (short-lived) or chronic (long-lasting). 

What causes polyneuropathy?

Some cases of polyneuropathy are hereditary and passed down from parents to children. Others are the result of exposure to insecticides, medications or cancer. Some are autoimmune disorders in which the body’s immune system attacks its own body and tissues. And the cause of some polyneuropathies is not known.

What are the symptoms of polyneuropathy?

Numbness, weakness, trouble walking, tingling sensations, pain, sensitivity and difficulty swallowing are all potential symptoms of polyneuropathy.   

How can polyneuropathy affect children?

Polyneuropathy is rare in children but can occur. Autoimmune disorders are common causes of polyneuropathy in children.  

What are polyneuropathy care options?

Physical therapy, transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS), plasma exchange, surgery and a variety of different forms of medication can all help people live with the symptoms of polyneuropathy.

Reviewed by: Migvis Monduy, MD

This page was last updated on: September 05, 2019 01:05 PM