Mayo Clinic

Although rare, autonomic neuropathy can result from chemotherapy

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: After six months of chemotherapy, I developed autonomic neuropathy. I have been done with chemotherapy for a few months, but the neuropathy has not gone away. Is there a chance it could be permanent?

ANSWER: Autonomic neuropathy can be a rare side effect of certain chemotherapy drugs. Because it is rare, and because there are many causes of autonomic neuropathy, your doctor should evaluate you to ensure that there is not another cause for your symptoms.

Peripheral neuropathy that leads to numbness, tingling and pain in the hands and feet is much more commonly associated with chemotherapy medications than autonomic neuropathy. When peripheral neuropathy...

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