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What is Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, or CIDP?

by | Mar 21, 2024 | Firm News |

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a neurological disorder characterized by progressive weakness and impaired sensory function in the legs and arms. It is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, the protective covering that surrounds nerve fibers. This condition can manifest as tingling, muscle weakness, fatigue, and abnormal sensations. CIDP is considered an autoimmune disorder, where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, specifically the myelin sheath of peripheral nerves.

Symptoms of CIDP may include:

  • Tingling or numbness in fingers and toes
  • Weakness in arms and legs
  • Loss of deep tendon reflexes
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble walking and with coordination
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing

CIDP can occur at any age and affects both genders but is more common in young adult men. Treatment typically involves medications that suppress the immune system and physical therapy.  While the exact cause of CIDP is not definitively known, cases of CIDP have been documented in connection with vaccination.  Autoimmune disorders can be influenced by genetic components and environmental factors, occurring when the body’s natural defenses suddenly begin to attack its own healthy tissue.

CIDP is similar to Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS).  The onset of GBS typically faster than with CIDP, and CIDP is often considered the chronic counterpart to GBS.  If you or a loved one have developed CIDP, GBS or another injury following vaccination, reach out to us for a free consultation.  You need a law firm with specific expertise with vaccine injuries.  We are available 24/7.