1998 issue 1


Volume 7, issue 1


Diabetes complications in central nervous system

Krystyna Pierzchała1
1. II Katedry i Kliniki Neurologii Śl.AM w Zabrzu
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1998, 7, 101-105
Keywords: diabetes, encephalopathy


Metabolic disturbances in diabetes are the cause of multiorgan lesions including also the peripheral and central nervous systems. Diabetic polyneuropathy and acute manifestations of cerebral origin caused by diabetes are generally known. Chronic mild diabetic encephalopathy is rarely diagnosed, on the other hand, although its incidence is much higher than it is thought generally. It seems to be connected with abnormal metabolism of neurotransmitters, breakdown of autoregulatory mechanisms during acute episodes of metabolic disturbances and reduced cerebral blood flow due to changed vascular reactivity.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Krystyna Pierzchała,
II Katedra i Klinika Neurologii Śl. AM,
ul. 3 Maja 13/15, 41-800 Zabrze