Small fiber neuropathy and vasculitis

Arthritis Rheum. 1997 Jun;40(6):1173-7. doi: 10.1002/art.1780400624.


Vasculitis-associated neuropathy usually presents as multiple mononeuropathies or sensorimotor polyneuropathies that affect large nerve fibers; painful small fiber sensory neuropathy has not previously been described in association with vasculitis. This report describes 2 patients with small fiber neuropathy in whom vasculitis was found to be present. Patients with small fiber neuropathy for which no other cause has been identified should be evaluated for the presence of vasculitis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Electromyography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nerve Fibers / pathology*
  • Neural Conduction / physiology
  • Neurons, Afferent / pathology*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / etiology
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology
  • Vasculitis / complications*
  • Vasculitis / physiopathology