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Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
Dec 21, 2011

I was wondering why this disease in my case (a result) from long term hiv is not being addressed more. I think a lot of the older people with complaints of nerve and joint pain would benefit from the information. It finally took a sharp hematologist to make the correlation for me.

Response from Dr. Henry

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy is a very serious but not common HIV complication most often seen in persons with long standing HIV infection and a low CD4 count (ie < 200) though seen in other settings. Many drugs can contribute though the currently recommended HIV regimens have a low level of association with the condition. This particular forum is focused on discussion of the management of side effects of antiretroviral treatment so Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy has infrequently been raised as an issue by readers of this forum. KH



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