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Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)

What is CIDP?

Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a rare neurological disorder that causes inflammation of your body’s nerves. Though your immune system generally keeps you healthy by fighting off germs, with CIDP, your immune system does not recognize parts of your nerves and attacks them.

Specifically, the immune system mistakenly attacks your nerves’ protective myelin. When the myelin is damaged or removed, messages transmitted to and from the brain are disrupted and may never make it to their final destination.

Over time, this may cause gradual weakness, numbness and a loss of feeling in your arms and legs. If left untreated, CIDP can cause permanent damage to the nerves.

Resources for you

Living-with-CIDP Information on the clinical picture, such as causes and symptoms,diagnosis, and treatment options for CIDP.  

Website (in German)

CSL Behring CARE Service for patients starting home self-therapy with a CSL Behring drug.   Website (in German)  
German GBS and CIDP  National association supporting affected individuals and families living with GBS, CIDP and related syndromes. 
Website (in German)

GBS/CIDP Foundation 

International non-profit organization supporting patients and families living with GBS, CIDP or related syndromes.