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Assessment of the quality of life following transcranial direct current stimulation in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Shereen H. ElSayed, Samah AlSaid Moawd, Walid Kamal Abdelbasset


Background: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is an impairment of nerve activities in the course of the frame and might disturb autonomic, sensory, and motor functions that affect the patient’s well-being. The foremost principle of the study was to examine the influence of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on the quality of life (QoL) in DPN. Methods: Twenty patients of both sexes suffering from DPN participated in the study. The tDCS was used for 20 min, 3 sessions per week for 2 months. Quality of life was assessed using the Neuro-Qol questionnaire before and after the study program. Results: There was a significant influence of tDCS on QoL in patients with DPN. Conclusion: The study findings suggested that tDCS is effective in improving the overall quality of life in patients with DPN as it has a significant effect in reducing neuropathic pain. Consequently, tDCS reduces anxiety and fatigue and improves upper and lower limb functions with a direct effect on applied cognition, general concern, and depression‎.

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