Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
What is chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy?
CIDP is a rare neuropathy where damage to peripheral nerves may cause progressive weakness and a loss of feeling, typically in the arms and legs, that can impair a patient's ability to walk and complete activities of daily living.
CIDP is believed to be caused by an immune response, in some cases with IgG antibodies, that can damage nerve function resulting in slower transmission of nerve signals out to the body and up to the brain.
CIDP may be intermittent or slowly progressive. CIDP typically causes symmetrical (both sides of body) weakness and loss of sensation, which can result in loss of balance, tingling and weakness in arms and legs, and impairment of ability to walk and be independent in activities of daily living.
CIDP patients often experience fatigue and pain.