CIDP

CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEMYELINATING NEUROPATHY

DEFINITION

a rare disorder of the peripheral nerves characterized by gradually increasing weakness of the legs and, to a lesser extent, the arms

CAUSES

In people with CIDP, many parts of the immune system attack and destroy the protective covering of the nerves of the arms and legs (peripheral nerves). Over time, this destruction leads to weakness, numbness, and tingling in the arms and legs.

Treatment

  • IVIG (intravenous immunoglobulin)- fluid is put in the body to try to stop the proteins from making the immune system attack the nervous system
  • Corticosteroids (Prednisone)- help relieve some pain
  • Plasma Exchange- take all of the bad proteins out of the plasma