What is polyneuropathy?

Polyneuropathy means, roughly, ‘disease of many nerves’. It is an illness of the so-called peripheral nervous system – that is, in particular, of the nerves of the arms and legs. Typical symptoms are a tingling sensation, numbness, a burning feeling or sharp pain. The most common cause of polyneuropathy is diabetes. Beyond this, there are a number of other causes that can be neurologically diagnosed through nerve and muscle measurements (ENG, EP, EMG) and blood analysis. Individual cases may require a laboratory examination of the spinal fluid or a biopsy.