AN is related to chronic alcohol abuse, and the disease follows a slowly progressive course. Superficial sensory alterations are noted first and dominate the clinical picture throughout the disease . Patients typically claim intense, burning pain in the lower limbs. Both hyperalgesia and allodynia have been reported. As the disease progresses, the arms become involved while sensory deficits and weakness set in . Due to reduced sensations in arms and legs, AN patients are prone to injuries. Affected individuals frequently describe paresthesias, which are initially noted in hands and feet, but that subsequently progress towards proximal portions of the extremities. An unsteady gait and walking disabilities may be observed in advanced stages of the disease. In AN patients, muscle strength is largely unaltered .
Entire Body System
Alcohol Causes Foot And Leg Swelling Drinking alcohol can cause lower limb swelling (called edema ). When you ingest alcohol, your kidneys’ filtering abilities are affected, as is the way the organs handle electrolytes like potassium and sodium. [footfiles.com]
Even brain cells far from the broken blood vessel may be damaged by swelling. The brain cannot regrow dead cells, so function lost in a stroke are often never recovered. [livestrong.com]
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- Numbness of the Feet
Overview Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body. [mayoclinic.org]
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- Peripheral Neuropathy
Another form of peripheral neuropathy is caused by exposure to toxins, such as pesticides and heavy metals, and is equally detrimental to health. People who have undergone chemotherapy can experience peripheral neuropathy as well. [texasfootdoctor.org]
We suggest that a defect in thiamine utilization is involved in peripheral neuropathy of alcoholics, rather than a lack of thiamine itself. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Description Peripheral Neuropathy is a nerve condition that affects the arms, hands, legs, and feet. The most common form of peripheral neuropathy is due to diabetes. [ahni.com]
A person with this condition is at the same risk, and should take the same precautions as people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. [universityfootassociates.com]
[…] of alcoholic polyneuropathy. [en.wikipedia.org]
Distribution of symptoms in the different polyneuropathy groups: relationship between polyneuropathy and symptoms. P < 0.001. Fig. 3. Distribution of symptoms in the different polyneuropathy groups: relationship between polyneuropathy and symptoms. [dx.doi.org]
Alcoholic polyneuropathy is a common disorder, characterized by nonspecific clinical, electromyographic, and pathologic features. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
- Motor Symptoms
Rarely if the neuropathy is severe patients may also develop peripheral weakness (motor symptoms). [braindiseases.info]
Sensory symptoms are gradually followed by motor symptoms. Motor symptoms may include muscle cramps and weakness, erectile dysfunction in men, problems urinating, constipation, and diarrhea. [en.wikipedia.org]
Motor Symptoms of Alcoholic Neuropathy Motor symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy include those signs and symptoms which show functional changes in the performance of the affected areas. [epainassist.com]
INTRODUCTION Alcoholic polyneuropathy is characterized by widespread symmetric axonal involvement in conjunction with sensory and motor symptoms. [dx.doi.org]
- Foot Drop
Foot braces may also be helpful if you have problems with foot drop. If you have weakness in your arms, a wrist splint may be helpful. A physiotherapist may be the best person to help you with such aids. [patient.info]
R94 ) Diseases of the nervous system G60-G65 2019 ICD-10-CM Range G60-G65 Polyneuropathies and other disorders of the peripheral nervous system Type 1 Excludes neuralgia NOS ( M79.2 ) neuritis NOS ( M79.2 ) peripheral neuritis in pregnancy ( O26.82- ) radiculitis [icd10data.com]
The diagnosis of AN is based on a prior diagnosis of alcoholism which, in turn, relies on anamnestic data provided by the patient and third parties . Although electrophysiological studies may be conducted to confirm a clinical diagnosis of polyneuropathy, findings such as decreased amplitudes of sensory potentials and mild to moderate reductions of nerve conduction velocities are not specific for AN .
Patients suffering from chronic alcoholism frequently present comorbidities such as alcoholic hepatitis, cardiomyopathy, and nutrient deficiencies. Workup should thus include studies to assess the condition of the respective organ systems and the patient's nutritional status. In this context, it should be noted that long-term alcohol abuse is associated with thiamine deficiency and possibly Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, a brain disorder. Even if thiamine deficiency is not a prerequisite for AN, it may modify the patient's clinical presentation  .
In detail, the following diagnostic measures may be undertaken :
- Laboratory analyses of blood samples, paying particular attention to liver enzyme levels (γ-glutamyltransferase, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, ratio aspartate aminotransferase/alanine aminotransferase), carbohydrate deficient transferrin, markers of cardiac involvement (NT-proBNP, troponins, creatine kinase-MB), nutrient concentrations (thiamine, vitamin B12) and erythrocyte counts
- Assessment of fasting glucose levels and glucose tolerance to rule out diabetic neuropathy
- Imaging studies focusing on liver and brain
- Electrocardiography, echocardiography
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Treatment of diabetic neuropathy (polyneuropathy) and alcoholic polyneuritis Treatment of diabetic and alcoholic neuropathy (polyneuropathy, polyneuritis) chosen individually in each case. [minclinic.ru]
These symptoms often respond poorly to treatment in people with alcoholic neuropathy. It is important to protect body parts with reduced sensation from injury. [stlukes-stl.com]
Prognosis of alcoholic peripheral neuropathy. Abstract Ten male alcoholics aged 38-72 years with clear clinical and electroneurographical signs of peripheral neuropathy were re-examined three to five years later. [jnnp.bmj.com]
What is the prognosis? The prognosis for a patient facing alcohol-related neuropathy is challenging to assess due to complications of addiction and alcoholism. [painhq.org]
Heavy drinking seems to worsen the prognosis of these neuropathies. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Despite the patient's poor prognosis and continued deterioration, he underwent a liver transplant in December 1999. Following the transplant, he noticed progressive recovery of strength in both legs. [news-medical.net]
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The pathophysiology of alcoholic polyneuropathy is an area of current research. [en.wikipedia.org]
The pathophysiological mechanisms of polyneuropathy in patients with chronic alcohol abuse are still a matter of debate. [jamanetwork.com]
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Long-term, excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages is known to adversely affect distinct organ systems. Chronic alcoholism may cause alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis, arrhythmias and alcoholic cardiomyopathy, alcoholic neuropathy (AN) and epilepsy . A causal relation between alcohol abuse and hypertension has repeatedly been suggested but has recently been questioned  .
AN is a neurological, potentially reversible disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system. Histopathological analyses of biopsy specimens obtained from AN patients reveal an overall reduced nerve fiber density as well as axonal degeneration with diminished axonal sprouting . The clinical equivalents of these lesions are a pain, increased sensitivity to pain, dysesthesias, and weakness. Abstinence is the mainstay of treatment, but patients may benefit from supportive measures such as physical and occupational therapy as well as dietary supplementation .
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