Cranial neuropathies in diabetes

There have been few studies primarily concerned with the relative frequencies and clinical characteristics of cranial neuropathies in diabetic subjects. Here, Dr Stefanucci gives a synopsis of the clinical characteristics and risk factors.

As a result of the low frequency of cases, there is poor epidemiologic data available on cranial neuropathies. However, there is a large amount of data related to the prevalence of diabetes among patients affected by cranial nerve neuropathy of any kind. According to a trustworthy study, patients affected by diabetes have 1% incidence rate of developing cranial nerve palsy, which is 10 times higher than those who are not affected by diabetes.3