Answers to Common Neuromuscular Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about neuromuscular health.

How is peripheral neuropathy diagnosed?

Peripheral neuropathy symptoms vary greatly, so doctors will need to do a thorough check – including a detailed medical history and a neurological exam – to find the cause, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A variety of tests usually are done, according to the NIH, which include:

  • Blood tests
  • Check of the cerebrospinal fluid
  • Evaluations of sensory nerve damage
  • Genetic testing
  • Tests of muscle strength

Depending on the results of these tests, a few other tests might be needed to determine the extent of the neuropathy, according to the NIH. The additional tests could include:

  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Nerve biopsy
  • Nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
  • Skin biopsy

For more information about how peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Tracy Eicher, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute