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What are specific, common causes of neuropathy in the legs?

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Diabetes and alcohol abuse are by far the most common causes. Many other conditions can cause it:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Small fiber neuropathy
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Low thyroid hormone levels
  • Lyme disease
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Amyloid polyneuropathy
  • Drug side effects
  • Erythromelalgia
  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Blood vessel inflammation
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy

SOURCES:


Aminoff, M. Neurology and General Medicine, Elsevier, 2008.
Dobbs, M. Clinical Neurotoxicology, Saunders, 2009.

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 15, 2020

SOURCES:


Aminoff, M. Neurology and General Medicine, Elsevier, 2008.
Dobbs, M. Clinical Neurotoxicology, Saunders, 2009.

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 15, 2020

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