Sensory neuropathies including painful and toxic neuropathies

J Neurol. 1997 Apr;244(4):209-21. doi: 10.1007/s004150050075.


In most peripheral neuropathies, dysfunction of motor and sensory nerve fibres is present. However, in some of them either pattern may predominate or be exclusively present. In this review we describe the clinical characteristics of sensory neuropathies, with emphasis on their possible causes. Guidelines are given for the diagnostic approach in these patients and, where possible, suggestions are given for treatment, including symptomatic treatment of painful neuropathies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Neurons, Afferent / physiology*
  • Neurotoxins
  • Pain / physiopathology*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology*


  • Neurotoxins