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Clinical and pathological heterogeneity in a series of 31 patients with IgM-related neuropathy.
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PMID:  22632783     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: IgM-related neuropathy generally presents as a late-onset demyelinating polyneuropathy with predominant sensory loss and ataxia. Sporadic cases with atypical presentation have been described. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We report clinical and pathological findings from 31 patients with IgM-related neuropathy followed in our Institute of Neurology over a 20-year period. RESULTS: Typical presentation with predominant sensory ataxic neuropathy was observed in 18/31 patients. In the remaining 13/31 (42%), we observed an atypical phenotype, characterized by multiple mononeuropathy or polyneuropathy with predominant motor impairment; one patient had polyneuropathy with predominant small-fibre involvement. Uncommon pathological findings consisting in inflammatory infiltrates, focal axonal loss or light chain deposition were observed in 8 patients, all with atypical clinical phenotype. Almost all patients with atypical phenotype improved with immunosuppressive therapy. CONCLUSIONS: A significant proportion of patients with IgM-related neuropathy presents with atypical clinical features. In these patients, sural nerve biopsy helps clarify heterogeneous disease mechanisms and identify patients who might benefit from immunosuppressive therapy.
M Luigetti; A Conte; N Montano; A Del Grande; F Madia; M Lo Monaco; L Laurenti; M Sabatelli
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the neurological sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-5883     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0375403     Medline TA:  J Neurol Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Institute of Neurology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.
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