PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY IN NEWLY DIAGNOSED TYPE 2 DIABETES MELLITUS PATIENTS: AUDIT OF A SINGLE CENTER

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Zahidullah Khan
InamUllah Khan
Wazir Muhammad Khan

Abstract

Objective: To find out the frequency of peripheral neuropathy in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients.
Material and Methods: This retrospective single center study was carried out in Department of Medicine, Khyber
Teaching Hospital (KTH) Peshawar-Pakistan. A total of 151 patients who were either newly diagnosed or diagnosed
within 6 months were retrieved from medical records of the Department of Medicine KTH Peshawar from January 2017
to December 2017. Patients with type 1 diabetes or diagnosed later than 6 months were excluded from the study. Both
admitted patients and patients seen in OPD were included in the study. Both detailed history and proper neurological
examination of the lower limbs were retrieved from medical records and findings were recorded on preformed proforma.
Results: A total of 151 patients either newly diagnosed or diagnosed within 6 months with type 2 diabetes were included
in the study. Eighty six were female and 65 were male with female to male ratio of 1.3:1. Age distribution amongst
study population ranged between 35-65 years. Mean age of the population was 44.6 ± 8.54 years. Out of 151 patients,
19.2% had peripheral neuropathy on clinical examination.
Conclusion: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is one of the commonest complications of diabetes mellitus and anyone
who develops tingling, numbness or diminished sensations should be thoroughly screened for diabetes mellitus.

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