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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.

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