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Amyotrophy

Nima Khoshnoodi, M.D., Michael Polydefkis, M.D., M.H.S.
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DEFINITION

  • An underdiagnosed condition referred to by different names including "diabetic proximal neuropathy," "diabetic lumbosacral radiculoplexopathy," and "Bruns-Garland syndrome".
  • Classically, a monophasic illness characterized by acute to subacute onset of severe pain followed by subacute, progressive, asymmetrical limb muscle weakness a few weeks after with variable degrees of recovery.
  • Patients often have some level of concurrent DPN.

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Last updated: January 5, 2017