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Chronic Inflammatory Demyelin

Introduction to Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)

Introduction to CIDP

CIDP is a condition affecting the peripheral nerves (nerves which exit outside the spinal cord).It is an immune-mediated inflammatory condition which means that for some reason the body?s immune cells begin to attack the nerves, in particular the fatty coating. This coating, known as the myelin sheath, protects the nerve fibres and speeds up the transmission of impulses along the nerve. When it is damaged the result is delayed or blocked transmission of nerve impulses causing muscle weakness, numbness, tingling and fatigue.

CIDP is a chronic condition often characterised by periods of relapse and remission where symptoms may improve then worsen again. It is often referred to as the chronic form of Guilian-Barre syndrome, a more acute demyelinating condition; however people with CIDP may experience progressive levels of disability over the course of their condition.

CIDP is diagnosed by a neurologist who will take a detailed history of your symptoms and perform a neurological examination. Further tests such as electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction tests (NCV) and blood tests may be used to confirm diagnosis.

Physiotherapy treatment can address the physical impairments associated with CIDP throughout the course of your condition in order to manage relapses and maximise functional recovery and quality of life.

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

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