Inflammation of a nerve.

Symptoms of Neuritis

The following features are indicative of Neuritis:
  • pain in the affected area
  • paresthesia
  • weakness
  • hypoesthesia
  • anesthesia
  • paralysis
  • disappearance of the reflexes

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Common Causes of Neuritis

The following are the most common causes of Neuritis:
  • physical injury
  • diphtheria
  • herpes zoster
  • leprosy
  • lyme disease
  • chemotherapy
  • radiation therapy

Risk Factors for Neuritis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Neuritis:
  • vitamin B1 deficiency
  • cancer
  • celiac disease
  • diabetes
  • alcoholism
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Guillain–Barré syndrome
  • hypothyroidism
  • porphyria
  • vitamin B12 deficiency
  • vitamin B6 excess
  • alcoholism

Prevention of Neuritis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Neuritis.

Occurrence of Neuritis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Neuritis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Neuritis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 15-50 years

Common Gender

Neuritis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Neuritis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Neuritis:
  • Physical eye examination: Measures side vision
  • Ophthalmoscopy: This eye test evaluates the working of optic disk
  • Pupillary light reaction test: Checks the response of pupil
  • MRI scan (Magnetic resonance imaging): To assess the abnormalities blood-retina barrier
  • Blood test: Check for antibodies for neuromyelitis optica
  • OCT (Optical coherence tomography): Measures the thickness of the retinal nerve fiber layer

Complications of Neuritis if untreated

Yes, Neuritis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Neuritis is left untreated:
  • loss of vision
  • optic nerve damage
  • decreased visual activity

Time for Treatment of Neuritis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Neuritis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 6 months - 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Neuritis.

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