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J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2008 Jul-Aug;98(4):322-5.

Neuropathy in diabetes: not a knee-jerk diagnosis.

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Amputation Prevention Center, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA.


Neuropathic symptoms in patients with diabetes occur commonly and are most often a consequence of the diabetes. Up to 10% of patients with diabetes and neuropathy have an etiology other than diabetes as a cause of their nerve dysfunction. Herein we present a case of vasculitic neuropathy initially misdiagnosed as diabetic neuropathy that led to separate amputations of two toes. This case emphasizes the importance of considering alternative, potentially treatable, causes of peripheral neuropathy in patients with diabetes.

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