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Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy: a rare cause of falls

Saad, Toni C, Pickrell, William Owen, Payne, Gareth and Khalid, Hamandi 2019. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy: a rare cause of falls. BMJ Case Reports 12 (12) , e231676. 10.1136/bcr-2019-231676

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This case of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) shows that a patient’s condition can evolve from the point of admission, gradually manifesting its underlying cause. Our patient’s initial presentation of backpain and lower limb weakness prompted investigations which ruled out compressive myelopathy and neuropathy. As upper limb weakness developed later, along with a more proximal and symmetrical pattern of lower limb weakness, the clinical picture suggested polyneuropathy. The diagnosis of CIDP became apparent only after numerous negative tests and nerve conduction studies which identified demyelination. Diagnosing CIDP enabled the commencement of definitive treatment which led to a good recovery.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 1757-790X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 December 2019
Date of Acceptance: 21 October 2019
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2020 17:37

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