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Sensory neuropathy - Definition


The generic term of neuropathy defines a pathology affecting a nerve. In cases of sensory neuropathy, the damage is made to a sensory neuron that controls sensitivity. The different forms of sensitivity include sensitivity to pain, called algesic sensitivity; to heat or cold, called thermic sensitivity; and to very delicate, finely discriminatory stimuli, called epicritic sensitivity. The term sensory neuropathy covers all diseases that affect one or more sensory peripheral nerves, and one or more types of sensitivity. There are many known sensitive neuropathies with differing underlying causes, yet symptoms are typically paresthesia, commonly known as pins and needles, numbness, or painful sensations similar to burns or electric shocks.