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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a common neurological disorder resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerves, located outside of the brain and spinal cord, provide the means of communication between the brain and other parts of the body, including muscles, skin, internal organs and blood vessels. Neuropathies affect at least 20 million people in the United States.

If one nerve is damaged, the condition is referred to as mononeuropathy. If many nerves are involved, it is called polyneuropathy.

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Although there are some cases in which the cause is unknown, peripheral neuropathies have many well-defined causes, including:

Our Approach to Peripheral Neuropathy

Our experts treat peripheral neuropathy by focusing on the underlying cause. We offer advanced diagnostic techniques as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatments. We also provide education, support and outreach programs for patients living with these disorders.

Awards & recognition

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    Among the top hospitals in the nation

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    Best in California and No. 2 in the nation for neurology & neurosurgery

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.