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Asian Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2020  |  Volume: 13  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 168 - 172

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Is it Underdiagnosed?

Rizaldy T. Pinzon, M. Kes and Rosa De Lima R. Sanyasi    

Abstract: Background and Objectives: Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) is a common complication in patients with diabetes mellitus. It often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed. This study aimed to described the assessment of DPN among clinicians. Materials and Methods: A survey conducted at Bethesda Hospital and Panti Rapih Hospital, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The survey included the questions about gender, duration of clinical practices, the frequency of handling neuropathy case per week, diagnosis of neuropathy, type of instrument or method to make a diagnosis of DPN. Results: Most of physicians have already assessed for the presence of neuropathy in diabetic patients routinely. About 88.3% physicians made a diagnosis of DPN through symptoms. No physicians used a monofilament to diagnosed neuropathy. Moreover, more than 90% physicians did not know how to use monofilament as an instrument to diagnose neuropathy. Other instruments such as; questionnaires, nerve conduction study and tuning-fork were also rarely used. Conclusion: Most of physicians have already screened for the presence of DPN among diabetic patients. However, the method used is still limited to history taking.

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