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Drinking habits and peripheral alcoholic neuropathy.
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PMID:  6278809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Drinking habits of 156 consecutive polyneuropathic and 106 consecutive pressure palsy patients were evaluated in retrospect. Respectively, 46 patients (30%) had alcohol polyneuropathy and 32 (30%) got pressure neuropathy while being drunk and these patients were analyzed in more detail. Most of the patients with alcoholic neuropathies were men, those with polyneuropathy being older than those having pressure palsies. Pressure neuropathy coincided with alcoholic polyneuropathy in 13 patients (28%). Other medical complication of heavy alcohol drinking (i.e. liver diseases, seizures and cerebellar signs) were seen in 54% of the patients with polyneuropathy and in 6% of the patients with pressure palsies. Heavy drinking prolonged the disability due to pressure palsy. The present study confirms the significant role of alcohol abuse in etiology of peripheral neuropathies. Heavy drinking seems to worsen the prognosis of these neuropathies.
R Kemppainen; J Juntunen; M Hillbom
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurologica Scandinavica     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0001-6314     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurol. Scand.     Publication Date:  1982 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-05-12     Completed Date:  1982-05-12     Revised Date:  2006-08-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370336     Medline TA:  Acta Neurol Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking*
Alcoholism / complications*
Middle Aged
Nerve Compression Syndromes / complications
Neuromuscular Diseases / chemically induced,  diagnosis
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / chemically induced*,  diagnosis
Polyneuropathies / chemically induced,  diagnosis

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