Some Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
A common side effect of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy.
Toxins from certain poisons or drugs used to treat a pre-existing condition can cause peripheral neuropathy. The latter is the case for chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy and HIV-induced peripheral neuropathy.
The inheritance of certain genes can also cause peripheral neuropathy. Charcot-Marie-Tooth (Type 2A), for instance, is a form of peripheral neuropathy associated with axonal damage and sensory loss.
Nerve damage can additionally be caused by autoimmune disorders (diseases in which the individual’s immune system attacks its own tissues). Forms of this neuropathy can be acute, signifying that the neuropathy is temporary, or chronic, meaning the neuropathy lasts from multiple years up to a lifetime. Guillain-Barre Syndrome, for example, is an acute form of peripheral neuropathy while chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIPD) is a chronic one.
For certain cases of peripheral neuropathy, the cause is unknown. These types of peripheral neuropathies are said to be idiopathic.
*Please keep in mind that this is NOT a complete list; rather, it is a list of some of the more broad, popular causes. For more information about the various causes of peripheral neuropathy, please study the links listed below.