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Would an MRI of the brain and cervical spine be able to yield info about the source of peripheral neuropathy? Or would lumbar spine be more approp?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Lumbar puncture (LP)

If peripheral neuropathy is the diagnosis, then a lumbar puncture wd prob be higher yield than an MRI.
MRI only detects anatomical abnormalities. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by a systemic condition - infection, metabolic (diabetes), auto-immune, etc. It is a functional (not anatomic) problem. In the right context, a LP cd show evid 4 viral, MS, & other causes. MRI will likely yield nothing.

In brief: Lumbar puncture (LP)

If peripheral neuropathy is the diagnosis, then a lumbar puncture wd prob be higher yield than an MRI.
MRI only detects anatomical abnormalities. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by a systemic condition - infection, metabolic (diabetes), auto-immune, etc. It is a functional (not anatomic) problem. In the right context, a LP cd show evid 4 viral, MS, & other causes. MRI will likely yield nothing.
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