AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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New Cause of Immune Neuropathy Discovered

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Patients suffering from so-called immune-mediated neuropathies frequently have a long medical record. As there are no diagnostic tests available to reliably diagnose the disease, the diagnosis is frequently made belatedly and patients can be misdiagnosed. Accordingly, many years often pass before an effective therapy is started. However, not all patients respond to first-choice drugs even when treated immediately. An autoimmune process is believed to cause neuropathy in which the immune system attacks and destroy components of the nerve fibers. “How exactly this mechanism works is largely unknown. This fact obviously makes it more difficult to develop targeted drugs,” says Dr. Kathrin Doppler, specialist at the Department of Neurology and Polyclinic of the University of Wuerzburg. To read more, click here.

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