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The Potter Burnett Law team has recently noticed a surge of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) misdiagnoses within the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. CIDP is a rare autoimmune disease that has no known cure. Treatment involves attempting to reduce the existing inflammation that is causing nerve-related symptoms. Of course, if you don’t actually have CIDP, your symptoms may remain, or potentially worsen with improper treatment for your existing condition.
Recent surveys have indicated that nearly 1 out of every 3 patients diagnosed with CIDP do not actually have the condition. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with CIDP and you have questions about a possible misdiagnosis, give us a call. Were you already told by another doctor that you were misdiagnosed with CIDP? Give us a call to discuss your legal options.
How Is CIDP Treated?
Your doctor will choose your treatment, depending upon your specific needs and health history. With any medication, there are associated risks and benefits. Treatments for CIDP are no different. Additionally, your doctor may send you to a physical therapist to help you recondition your muscles to improve muscle strength, function, and mobility, or to an occupational therapist to help you learn new ways of doing everyday tasks despite physical limitations.
- IVIG: IVIG, or intravenous immune globulin, is a therapy for chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. Immunoglobulin is another name for antibodies that come from donated human plasma. It provides healthy antibodies to block the immune and inflammatory processes that attack and destroy myelin. However, how IVIG works to help treat CIDP is not fully known.
- Corticosteroids: This treatment option imitates the effects of hormones that are produced by the body to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammation. They work by exceeding the body’s natural levels of steroids to help suppress the immune system. However, how corticosteroids work to help treat CIDP is not fully known.
- Plasmapheresis: Plasmapheresis, or plasma exchange, is a procedure that removes the disease-causing proteins from your blood and then returns your white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets back into your circulation.
- Immunosuppressants: Various options help to suppress the strength of the body’s immune system. Your doctor may consider these when the response to corticosteroids, IVIG, or plasmapheresis is inadequate. They prevent cells of your immune system from functioning so that your immune system cannot attack your body tissues. However, how immunosuppressants work to help treat CIDP is not fully known.