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J Family Med Prim Care. 2013 Jul;2(3):298-9. doi: 10.4103/2249-4863.120773.

Diabetic neuropathy: rare presentation as a painful pseudoabdominal mass.

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Department of Neurology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India.
Department of Endocrinology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India.


Diabetic neuropathy has varied clinical presentations. As clinicians we should be aware of the common as well as rare manifestations of this syndrome. Diabetic truncal neuropathy presenting as a painful pseudoabdominal mass can easily mislead clinicians who are unaware of this problem. Subsequently, this can lead to unnecessary investigations and discomfort to the patient. A good blood sugar control and judicious use of drugs for neuropathic pain along with physiotherapy usually gives good relief. It is mostly a self-limiting condition.


Diabetic truncal neuropathy; dysesthesia; pseudoabdominal mass

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