Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
It is possible that the main title of the report Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
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- Chronic Relapsing Polyneuropathy
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Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a rare neurological disorder in which there is inflammation of nerve roots and peripheral nerves and destruction of the fatty protective covering (myelin sheath) over the nerves. This disorder causes weakness, paralysis and/or impairment in motor function, especially of the arms and legs (limbs). Sensory loss may also be present causing numbness, tingling, or prickling sensations. The motor and sensory impairments usually affect both sides of the body (symmetrical), and the degree of severity may vary. The course of CIDP may also vary from case to case. Some affected individuals may follow a slow steady pattern of symptoms while others may have symptoms that wax and wane, with the most severe symptoms occurring after many months or a year or more. In contrast to Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Neuropathy and other forms of Guillain Barre Syndrome, most patients cannot identify a preceding viral or infectious illness. In most cases, there is no family history of other similar disorders or disease affecting many nerves (polyneuropathy).
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GBS/CIDP Foundation International
The Holly Building
104 1/2 Forrest Avenue
Narberth, PA 19072
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
22100 Gratiot Ave.
East Detroit, MI 48021
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Inc.
PO Box 42016
2852 John Street
Markham, Ontario, L3R 5R0
Internet: http://www.gbs-cidp.org or http://www.gbs-cidp.org/Canada.htm
Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
University of Chicago
5841 South Maryland Ave, MC 2030
Chicago, IL 60637
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Autoimmune Information Network, Inc
PO Box 4121
Brick, NJ 08723
European Society for Immunodeficiencies
1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
Geneva, CH 1211
Tel: +31 73-6992965
Fax: +41 22 906 91 40
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