Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy

- a rare auto immune disease.

Here you will find resources for chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy CIDP:

- what is CIDP? symptoms of CIDP, diagnosis of CIDP, misdiagnosis of CIDP and treatment of CIDP.

Introductory information: What is CIDP?

CIDP is often called chronic relapsing polyneuropathy. It is an auto immune condition that attacks the nerves of the body.

Chronic means the disease develops over a long time.
Inflammatory means that inflammation causes the nerve damage. 
Demyelinating means that the myelin sheaths around the nerves are damaged.  Poly means many, radiculo means root, neuro means nerve and opathy means disease.  This is because many nerves are affected in this disease.

It is sometimes called chronic acquired demyelinating polyneuropathies (CADP) or acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP)
 or Polyradiculoneuritis which refers to diseases characterized dysfunction of multiple peripheral nerves and nerve roots. The process affects myelin or nerve axons. Guillain - Barre Syndrome is an acute form of inflammatory polyradiculopathy while CIDP is a chronic form.

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Clinical Scenario

Robert is a 55-year-old male who has been under your care for moderate obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. You last saw him 3 months ago for a change in his diabetes regimen. At the current visit, you note that he is 10 lb heavier and appears to be depressed. He complains of weakness in the arms and legs plus chronic fatigue. He also complains of numbness in the hands and feet. On physical examination, he is weak proximally and distally in the arms and legs. No atrophy or fasciculations are noted. He has no reflexes in the upper or lower extremities. You detect distal loss of vibration and cold perception in the legs below the knees...

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