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View in Spanish: Neuropatía periférica

Peripheral neuropathy (peh-RIH-feh-rul noo-ROP-uh-thee)
A nerve problem that causes pain, numbness, tingling, swelling, or muscle weakness in different parts of the body. It usually begins in the hands or feet and gets worse over time. Peripheral neuropathy may be caused by physical injury, infection, toxic substances, disease (such as cancer, diabetes, kidney failure, or malnutrition), or drugs, including anticancer drugs. Also called neuropathy.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.