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Alcoholic polyneuropathy - Definition


Alcoholic polyneuropathy is a neurological disorder that attacks the peripheral nervous system, the system of nerves that do esnot emerge from the brain or spinal cord. It is a complication secondary to chronic alcoholic intoxication with vitamin deficiency, notably of vitamin B1, and manifests relatively late after the intoxication in a symmetrical attack, affected both sides of the body. Loss of feeling, neural pain, pins and needles, pricking sensations, and numbness, particularly in the legs, are all the most common symptoms of this disorder. The condition is first felt in the lower limbs, as these are the nerve fibers of the longest nerves, the first to be attacked. Immediately stopping alcohol consumption and significant uptake in vitamin B1 are both necessary steps to efficiently treat the disorder.