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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the prognosis of diabetic lumbosacral plexopathy?

Prognosis. Good functional recovery within 12-24 months is expected in 60% of patients with diabetic lumbosacral plexopathy, although mild weakness, discomfort, and stiffness often persist for years. Occasional relapses can occur.

What is lumbar plexus disorder?

Plexus disorders (plexopathies) are usually due to physical compression or injury: In patients receiving anticoagulants, a hematoma may compress the lumbosacral plexus. Neurofibromatosis occasionally involves a plexus. Other causes include postradiation fibrosis (eg, after radiation therapy for breast cancer) and diabetes.

What is lumbar plexus injury?

Lumbosacral plexopathy is a relatively rare peripheral nerve problem that results from injury to the lumbar or sacral plexuses. These are interwoven networks of nerves arising from nerve roots in the lumbar spine or the pelvis, respectively. Plexus injury can result from diabetes, tumor, radiation and obstetrical injury.

What are the nerves of the lumbar plexus?

The lumbar plexus is a web of nerves (a nervous plexus) in the lumbar region of the body which forms part of the larger lumbosacral plexus. It is formed by the divisions of the first four lumbar nerves (L1-L4) and from contributions of the subcostal nerve (T12), which is the last thoracic nerve.

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