Alcoholic polyneuropathy: A clinical and epidemiological study

Giovanni Vittadini, Michelangelo Buonocore, Giuseppe Colli, Marta Terzi, Rodolfo Fonte, Giampiero Biscaldi

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In the present study, we investigated the frequency of polyneuropathy in a sample of 296 alcoholics who were admitted to the 'S. Maugeri' Medical Centre for detoxification from October 1997 to November 1999. Results revealed a high frequency of polyneuropathy in the sample under study. The disorder was often clinically asymptomatic and demonstrable only on electroneurographic investigation. Significant correlations were found between polyneuropathy, the duration of alcoholism, the type of alcoholic beverage consumed (wine) and the presence of liver disease and macrocytosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-400
Number of pages8
JournalAlcohol and Alcoholism
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Toxicology


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