Fast Five Quiz: Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) Presentation and Diagnosis

Jafar Kafaie, MD, PhD


June 30, 2021

Figure 1. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (MRI of lumbar spine). Source: Science Source

Only a small proportion of patients (about 16%) with CIDP have a relatively acute or subacute onset of symptoms, which is followed by a steadily progressive or fluctuating course.

In the majority of patients, CIDP presents insidiously and gradually progresses, either in a slowly progressive (> 60% of patients) or relapsing manner (approximately one third of patients), with partial or complete recovery between recurrences.

Because of the insidious onset of CIDP, it is very difficult to document precipitating illnesses or events. Preceding infection has been reported, but this is infrequent. No causative organism for CIDP has been identified.

Learn more about the presentation of CIDP.


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