Demyelinating neuropathy, also known as chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), is a rare, degenerative peripheral nerve disorder which inhibits sensation and weakens reflexes. Caused by the progressive deterioration of the fatty layer protecting nerves (myelin sheath), it can occur at any age, affecting slightly more young adults, and more men than women. Symptoms include numbness that begins in the fingers and toes, weakness of the arms and legs, slowed reflexes, abnormal sensation, and fatigue.
Early diagnosis and treatment is paramount, since significant disability can set in. Left untreated, 30% of CIDP patients will eventually require a wheelchair.
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The Nerve Disorders Center of Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of peripheral nerve disorders clinicians including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychological care providers and rehabilitation professionals.