Small fibre neuropathy

G Lauria, ISJ (Ingemar) Merkies, CG Faber

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Purpose of review This review summarizes the most recent advances in classification, diagnostic assessment, and treatment of small fibre neuropathy (SFN). Recent findings Clinically based diagnostic criteria for SFN have been proposed and reliably supported by the recent availability of age-adjusted and sex-adjusted normative values for intraepidermal nerve fibre density. Apart from skin biopsy, corneal confocal microscopy and nociceptive evoked potentials have been implemented to investigate SFN of different causes, and correlated with skin biopsy findings, especially in diabetic patients. The association between SFN and several metabolic and immune-mediated sys Summary SFN represents a distinct condition encountered in patients with different acquired and genetic disorders. The recent improved definition of clinical and skin biopsy criteria allows clinicians to reliably meet the diagnosis, identify the underlying cause, and prescribe appropriate treatments. This meaningful approach permits the correct management of patients in clinical practice and the design of symptomatic and disease-modifying clinical trials.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)542-549
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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