Complications of peripheral neuropathy are typically the result of sensation loss, which makes a person less likely to feel the discomfort caused by trauma, burns, or pressure until tissue damage has already occurred. People with peripheral neuropathy are prone to:
- Skin burns and pressure sores
- Infection – Sores that develop may be slow to heal and can become infected. This can lead to tissue erosion, scarring, and, in some cases, the need for amputation.
- Falls – Decreased muscle control and loss of balance and coordination can lead to tripping and falling.
Autonomic neuropathy can cause organ dysfunction, irregular heart rhythms, breathing difficulties, urinary tract infections, bowel problems, and sexual dysfunction.