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Small Fiber Neuropathy and genetic testing?

Neuropathy | Last Active: Oct 16, 2020 | Replies (28)

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@sunnyflower – In my non-medical opinion, it probably does not make a difference in the outcome or treatment to know if your neuropathy is genetic or not. That said, it would be nice to know for younger relatives to save them from lots of stress and perhaps a chance to take some preventive measures if available.

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@sunnyflower You're right that once a doctor is confident in a diagnosis that they wouldn't see further testing as necessary. The first neurologist I saw declined to do a nerve biopsy for me (although I understand it's standard with doctors in the US) because to him my diagnosis had already been confirmed by the QSART test.

For genetic testing I think it could make a difference in the diagnosis? If they identify a genetic link then maybe there's no need to turn over every stone looking for hidden autoimmune or neurological causes?