CMT and genes

August 18, 2006 at 6:43 am

Vicki, not really. CIDP is not an immune deficiency disease (HIV AIDS is) people with CIDP/GBS are not more liable to infection. They are diseases of over active immune systems where some antibodies develop that destroy our own peripheral nerve tissue, specifically the insulating coat of myelin.

Dell’s mum CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth sometimes shows an abnormal gene at chromosome 17 and sometimes not, it is not an auto-immune disease.

Norb. CIDP does not show abnormal genes it is not a genetic disorder, it is acquired though at present, while we know the triggers in about 50% of GBS the triggers for CIDP are unknown. DocDavid