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Diabetic Amyotrophy

Last updated July 9, 2017

Approved by: Maulik P. Purohit MD MPH

Diabetic Neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that affects individuals who have diabetes. The term neuropathy indicates nerve dysfunction causing symptoms such as weakness and loss of sensation.


The topic Diabetic Amyotrophy you are seeking is a synonym, or alternative name, or is closely related to the medical condition Diabetic Proximal Neuropathy.

Quick Summary:

Diabetic Neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that affects individuals who have diabetes. The term neuropathy indicates nerve dysfunction causing symptoms such as weakness and loss of sensation.

There are four types of Diabetes-Related Neuropathy. These include:

  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Proximal Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Focal Neuropathy

Diabetic Proximal Neuropathy is a motor neuropathy that affects one’s movement. It is the second most common kind of Diabetic Neuropathy, the most common being diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

  • Elevated levels of blood sugar cause injury to nerve fibers throughout the body. The underlying pathology of the condition is not clearly understood
  • The symptoms of Proximal Neuropathy due to Diabetes vary from mild to disabling, and could include sudden severe pain in the thighs, hips, buttocks and legs
  • The condition usually affects one side of the body, but may spread to the other side as well. A weakness in the legs is also reported in Proximal Neuropathy
  • Medication and physical therapy may help in controlling the muscle weakness or pain

Please find comprehensive information on Diabetic Proximal Neuropathy regarding definition, distribution, risk factors, causes, signs & symptoms, diagnosis, complications, treatment, prevention, prognosis, and additional useful information HERE.

What are some Useful Resources for Additional Information on Diabetic Amyotrophy?

American Dental Association (ADA)    
211 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60611-2678   
Phone: (312) 440-2500        
Email: affiliates@ada.org    
Website: http://www.ada.org

European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes
Rheindorfer Weg 3, 40591 Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone: +49 211 7584690
Fax: +49 211 75846929
Email: foundation@easd.org
Website: http://www.europeandiabetesfoundation.org

International Diabetes Federation
166 Chaussee de La Halpe, B-1170 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32-2-538 55 11
Fax: +32-2-538 51 14
Website: http://www.idf.org

Diabetic Association of India
SL Raheja Hospital, Raheja Rugnalaya Marg, Mahim West, Mumbai 400 016, India
Phone: 91-022-66529999-9653
Fax: 91-022-24449418
Email: info@dairaheja.org
Website: http://www.dairaheja.org

References and Information Sources used for Diabetic Amyotrophy:

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC). (n.d.). (accessed on 7/9/2017)  from http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/neuropathies/ 

Autonomic Neuropathy. (n.d.). (accessed on 7/9/2017), from http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/neuropathy/autonomic-neuropathy.html 

(n.d.). (accessed on 7/9/2017), from http://www.neuropathy.org/site/DocServer/Diabetic_Neuropathies.pdf?docID=946 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-neuropathy/basics/definition/con-20033336 (accessed on 7/9/2017)

Smoking and Diabetes. (2015, March 13). (accessed on 7/9/2017)  from http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/diseases/diabetes.html 

Diabetic Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) - An Update. (n.d.). (accessed on 7/9/2017)  from http://www.joslin.org/info/diabetic_neuorpathy_nerve_damage_an_update.html 

Helpful Peer-Reviewed Medical Articles for Diabetic Amyotrophy:

Garland, H. (1955). Diabetic amyotrophy. British medical journal, 2(4951), 1287.

Barohn, R. J., Sahenk, Z., Warmolts, J. R., & Mendell, J. R. (1991). The Bruns-Garland syndrome (diabetic amyotrophy): revisited 100 years later. Archives of neurology, 48(11), 1130-1135.

Chokroverty, S., Reyes, M. G., Rubino, F. A., & Tonaki, H. (1977). The syndrome of diabetic amyotrophy. Annals of neurology, 2(3), 181-194.

Kelkar, P., Masood, M., & Parry, G. J. (2000). Distinctive pathologic findings in proximal diabetic neuropathy (diabetic amyotrophy). Neurology, 55(1), 83-88.

Locke, S., Lawrence, D. G., & Legg, M. A. (1963). Diabetic amyotrophy. The American journal of medicine, 34(6), 775-785.

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First uploaded: July 9, 2017
Last updated: July 9, 2017