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Diabetic amyotrophy

Diabetic amyotrophy, a complication of diabetes, is diabetic neuropathy characterized by muscle wasting and weakness. It affects the lower limbs and is typically asymmetric. Also see muscle atrophy.

Clinical presentation

  • proximal muscle wasting and tenderness of thigh muscles
  • loss of knee reflexes
  • seen in older men with diabetes
  • frequently CSF(cerebrospinal fluid)protein is elevated
  • usually occurs when diabetes is poorly controlled and resolves with good control ie the condition is reversible.


  • Kumar & Clark. Clinical Medicine. 5th edition, pg. 1098.
  • -1073348602 at GPnotebook

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