chronic inflammatory polyneuropathymedical dictionary

<neurology, pathology> A disorder that involves the slow progressive (or recurrent) inflammation of multiple nerves. Loss of movement and sensation are common findings. The exact cause is related to an abnormal immune response.

The acute form of this illness is known as Guillain-Barre syndrome. Treatment often includes systemic corticosteroids or chemotherapeutic agents to suppress the immune system. Prognosis is variable.

Origin: Gr. Pathos = disease

(27 Sep 1997)