Diabetic truncal neuropathy: topography of the sensory deficit

Ann Neurol. 1989 Mar;25(3):233-8. doi: 10.1002/ana.410250305.


The distributions of sensory abnormalities in 17 episodes of diabetic truncal neuropathy among 7 patients with diabetes mellitus are described. The patterns are highly variable: the distribution of adjacent main spinal nerves may be involved, resulting in a complete dermatomal band of dysesthesia, but almost two-thirds of the episodes were restricted to the distribution of the ventral or dorsal rami of the spinal nerves or branches of these rami or varying combinations of these distributions.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Diabetic Neuropathies / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurons, Afferent / physiology*
  • Skin / innervation