Abnormal Nutritional Factors in Patients Evaluated at a Neuropathy Center

J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2016 Jun;17(4):212-4. doi: 10.1097/CND.0000000000000128.


Abnormal concentrations of nutritional factors were found in 24.1% of 187 patients with neuropathy who were newly seen at our academic neuropathy referral center over a 1-year period. All patients presented with sensory axonal or small fiber neuropathy. In 7.3%, they were present in association with at least one other identifiable cause for neuropathy. Elevated levels of pyridoxal phosphate or mercury occurred more frequently than deficiencies in vitamins B1, B12, or B6. The nutritional abnormalities are amenable to correction by dietary intervention.

MeSH terms

  • Electronic Health Records
  • Humans
  • Mercury / blood*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / blood
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / complications*
  • Pyridoxal Phosphate / blood*
  • Small Fiber Neuropathy / blood
  • Small Fiber Neuropathy / complications*
  • Vitamin B Deficiency / blood
  • Vitamin B Deficiency / complications*


  • Pyridoxal Phosphate
  • Mercury