FREQUENCY OF SENSORY NEUROPATHY IN DIABETIC PATIENTS WITH DIABETIC FOOT ULCER, ADMITTED TO A MEDICAL DEPRTMENT OF A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL

Authors

  • Saleem Iqbal Khyber Medical College, Peshawar
  • Muhammad Tariq Mehr Khyber Girls Medical College, Peshawar
  • Naeem Ullah Khyber Medical College, Peshawar

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus is linked to significant microvascular and macrovascular complications, posing considerable challenges to public health. Diabetic neuropathy stands out as a troublesome complication of diabetes, contributing to substantial morbidity, mortality, and a considerable economic burden. Diabetes mellitus, a chronic metabolic disorder, is rapidly becoming a significant global challenge, carrying substantial social, health, and economic implications. Statistics suggest that in 2010, around 285 million individuals, accounting for approximately 6.4% of the adult population, were affected by this ailment on a global scale

OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of peripheral sensory neuropathy in diabetic patients with diabetic foot ulcer admitted to a tertiary care hospital in Peshawar.

METHODOLOGY: This descriptive Cross-sectional study was conducted from 1st November, 2020 to 30th April, 2021 in the Department of Medicine, Khyber Teaching Hospital, Peshawar. A total of 150 patients, between 14-70 years, of both gender, suffering from diabetes mellitus for at least 2 years, and fulfilling our inclusion criteria, were included. All diabetic patients with diabetic foot ulcer were examined for the presence or absence of sensory neuropathy clinically and later confirmed by nerve conduction studies.

RESULTS: In our study, 21% patients were in age 20-40 years, 37% patients were in age 41-60 years, 42% patients were in age 61-70 years. 89(59%) patients were male while 61(41%) patients were female. 39% patients had diabetes for 20 years. The frequency of diabetic sensory neuropathy was reported as 25%.

CONCLUSION: The frequency of peripheral sensory neuropathy secondary to diabetes is on the rise and calls for more better diabetes control in our population and increased awareness for early detection and interventions.

KEYWORDS: Sensory neuropathy, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic foot ulcer.

Author Biography

Saleem Iqbal, Khyber Medical College, Peshawar

Associate Professor Medicine, Khyber Teaching Hospital, Peshawar, Pakistan

Published

12/29/2023

How to Cite

Iqbal, S., Mehr, M. T., & Ullah, N. (2023). FREQUENCY OF SENSORY NEUROPATHY IN DIABETIC PATIENTS WITH DIABETIC FOOT ULCER, ADMITTED TO A MEDICAL DEPRTMENT OF A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL. NORTHWEST JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, 2(4), 24–27. Retrieved from https://njms.pk/index.php/njms/article/view/353