October 26, 2006 at 6:08 am


Also known as AIDP: Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (or polyneuritis). Acute means the illness comes on sudden; inflammatory means there is strong evidence that it is inflammation that causes the nerve damage; demyelinating means there is evidence the damage is primarily to the insulating myelin sheaths around the nerve fibers; and polyneuropathy: poly means many, neuro means nerve and/or nerve root and opathy means disease; so polyneuropathy means a disease of many peripheral nerves and/or their roots, which are the points of origin of peripheral nerves from the spinal cord…aka polyneuritis.

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