Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy Treatment & Management

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: Richard A Lewis, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Treatment

Medical Care

Untreated, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy is characterized by accumulating disability that requires physical and occupational therapy, orthotic devices, and long-term treatment. Close follow-up care with a physician knowledgeable in the field is necessary to adjust treatment.

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Surgical Care

Surgical and orthopedic consultation may be required for sural nerve biopsy or in severe disease with joint deformities that require corrective surgery.

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Consultations

See the list below:

  • Consult a neurologist for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of CIDP and possible associated diseases.
  • Consult a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist for physical and occupational therapy and evaluation for orthotic devices.
  • Other consultations (eg, internist, hematologist, oncologist, rheumatologist) may be necessary if associated diseases are present. Some treatments may be best accomplished with the assistance of a hematologist or rheumatologist.
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Diet

No specific diet has been proven beneficial in CIDP.

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Activity

Activity generally depends on the level of disability. Encourage physical therapy and an active lifestyle.

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