Objective: Describe risk factors, clinical characteristics, relevant findings of neurological examinations and the medications used in the treatment of older adults patients with painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN). Patients and methods: Retrospective study, which includ- ed 284 patients over 60 years of age who attended the geriatrics and/or neurology service. Two groups were formed: those with PDN and with non-PDN (NPDN). Results: The prevalence of PDN was 77%. Compared with those with NPDN, patients with PDN reported higher alcohol consumption (50% vs. 14%, p = 0.03) and Achilles higher hyporeflexia/areflexia (73% vs. 18%, p = 0.01). Regarding the treatment of pain in patients with PDN, there were higher consumption in neuromodulators (58%), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (42%). Conclusions: The patients with PDN have a higher frequency in alcohol consumption, decrease or loss of Achilles reflexes. In relation to the treatment, the medicine most used in patients with PDN was the neuromodulator.

Palabras clave: Diabetic neuropathy geriatric assessment older adults painful diabetic neuropathy.

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Vol. 3 Núm.2. Julio-Diciembre 2017 Pags. 48-52 J Lat Am Geriatric Med 2017; 3(2)