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Release Date: 5 Oct 2020
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Diabetic amyotrophy, better known as diabetic lumbosacral radiculoplexus neuropathy (DLRPN), is a rare disorder englobed in the diabetic neuropathy spectrum. This disease consists of a monophasic, asymmetrical progression of pain, motor weakness, proximal muscle atrophy, weight loss, areflexia, progression to paraplegia, and recent diagnosis of diabetes. Diagnosis is mostly based on clinically suggestive findings in a recently diagnosed patient with diabetes. In cases were other likely etiologies need to be excluded, laboratory analysis (e.g., CBC, CMP, HbA1C, ESR, CRP, etc.) and other diagnostic studies may be warranted (CT, MRI, EMG, biopsy, etc.). Early use of immunomodulators (e.g., steroids, IVIG, etc.) has been proposed as a superior therapy, but symptomatic treatment to improve quality of life may suffice, as this disease is self-limited in most cases, with a variable degree of impairment. This activity describes the recognition, evaluation, and management of diabetic amyotrophy and highlights the role of the healthcare team in evaluating, identifying, and improving patient care for this condition.
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Authors: Levi Diaz
Editors: Vikas Gupta
Editors-In-Chief: Sameh HozayenAnya CopeVinod Nookala
Chief Medical Reviewer: Beenish Bhutta
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Pharmacy Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Mark Pellegrini
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