Peripheral Neuropathies

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, which transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body. Peripheral neuropathy is not a single disease. It's a general term for a series of disorders that result from damage to the body's peripheral nervous system. For more information about peripheral neuropathy click here.

Types of peripheral neuropathy supported by the MDA

  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) - also known as Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy (HMSN) and includes Dejerine-Sotta Disease which is also known as CMT-Type 3

  • Hereditary Sensory Neuropathy

  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy


This diagram shows the CNS (brain and spinal cord) in pink and the PNS (the other nerves which connect to the CNS) in blue. This image was sourced from  on 19/10/2015 credit for the image goes to: William Crochot - File:Nervous system diagram.png CC BY-SA 4.0 File:Nervous system diagram-en.svg Uploaded by Medium69 Created: 26 October 2014

This page was reviewed 19 Feb 2016