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Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)

A rare neurological disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) primarily destroys the myelin that covers the peripheral nerves, causing the nerve signals to slow down. This damage can gradually weaken the legs and, to a lesser extent, the arms. CIDP has been associated with HIV infection.

Related Term(s): Myelin, Peripheral Nervous System

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