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Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy?

Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a condition that affects the nerves in your body. Your nerves have a fatty covering called myelin sheath that protects the nerve fibers. CIDP may happen when your immune system attacks and damages the myelin sheath. This damage can cause weakness and decreased feeling in your arms and legs.

What are the signs and symptoms of CIDP?

How is CIDP diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you, and ask about other health conditions you have. Your provider will also ask about your signs and symptoms. You may need any of the following:

How is CIDP treated?

The signs and symptoms of CIDP may come and go over time, even with treatment. For some people, the signs and symptoms may go away completely. Treatment will help to prevent permanent nerve damage. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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