Chronic inflam­matory demyelinat­­ing polyradiculoneuropathy

Authors: E. Ehler
Authors‘ workplace: Neurologická klinika FZS UP a Pardubické krajské nemocnice, a. s.
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2018; 81(3): 252-265
Category: Minimonography
doi: 10.14735/amcsnn2018252


Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) is a chronic demyelinating polyneuropathy with a relapsing or progressive course. This is a dysimmune polyneuropathy with activation of humoral and cellular mechanisms with a primary lesion of myelin sheath in the peripheral nerves. Most frequent is a typical symmetrical polyneuropathy, multifocal neuropathy with a conduction block is less frequent, then distal symmetrical motor and sensory neuropathy, pure sensory or pure motor neuropathies occur rarely. Development of signs and symptoms beyond 2 months is a common feature for all variants. Diagnosis of CIDP is based on clinical findings, precisely developed electrophysiological criteria, and some laboratory findings – hyperproteinorrhachia with normal cell count, and MRI with thickening and enhancement of nerves in brachalis and lumbar plexuses or roots. Corticosteroids or intravenous immunoglobulins are used as induction therapy as the first-line treatment of CIDP. Therapeutic plasma exchange is a second-line therapy in patients with inefficacy or intolerability of the first-line treatment. As adjuvant therapy, they use azathioprin, mycofenolate mofetil, ciclosporin A, cyclophosphamide, and methotrexate. CIDP is a treatable neuropathy though in some patients it leads to invalidity.

Key words:
chronic inflammatory demyelinating neuropathy – demyelination and remyelination – electrophysiology – diagnostics – immunotherapy.

The author declares he has no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manuscript met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


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