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Is CIDP caused by an infection?
I was diagnosed with CIDP in November 2013. My doctors continuously check for MS. I can barely walk with a walker. I can bathe myself and my hands are somewhat okay but my feet and legs are almost useless. My question is could the initial infection have been dormant for years? Thanks
CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy) is not caused by an infection. CIDP is a chronic inflammatory disorder of your peripheral nerves that causes predominately demyelination but also axon loss. This distinguishes CIDP from MS which is chronic inflammatory demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system that DOES NOT involve the peripheral nervous system
Revere Kinkel MD
Director of the UCSD Multiple Sclerosis Program
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