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Aetiology: a mnemonic

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A useful mnemonic for remembering the causes of polyneuropathy is: DANG THERAPIST

  • D iabetes
  • A lcohol
  • N utritional:
    • vitamin B12 deficiency
    • vitamin B1 deficiency
    • vitamin B6 deficiency
    • vitamin E deficiency
  • G uillain-Barre (AIDP)

  • T oxic:
    • lead
    • arsenic
    • drugs
  • HE reditary:
    • Friedreich's ataxia
    • Charcot-Marie-Tooth
    • Refsum's disease
  • R ecurrent:
    • Guillan-Barre (CIDP)
  • A myloid
  • P orphyria
  • I nfection:
    • leprosy
    • infectious mononucleosis
    • HIV
    • Lyme disease
    • diphtheria
  • S ystemic:
    • uraemia
    • systemic lupus erythematosus
    • hypothyroidism
    • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Tumours:
    • paraneoplastic
    • multiple myeloma/MGUS

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