The neurophysiological lesson from the Italian CIDP database

Emanuele Spina, Pietro Emiliano Doneddu, Giuseppe Liberatore, Dario Cocito, Raffaella Fazio, Chiara Briani, Massimiliano Filosto, Luana Benedetti, Giovanni Antonini, Giuseppe Cosentino, Stefano Jann, Anna Mazzeo, Andrea Cortese, Girolama Alessandra Marfia, Angelo Maurizio Clerici, Gabriele Siciliano, Marinella Carpo, Marco Luigetti, Giuseppe Lauria, Tiziana RossoGuido Cavaletti, Erdita Peci, Stefano Tronci, Marta Ruiz, Stefano Cotti Piccinelli, Angelo Schenone, Luca Leonardi, Luca Gentile, Laura Piccolo, Giorgia Mataluni, Lucio Santoro, Eduardo Nobile-Orazio, Fiore Manganelli

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INTRODUCTION: Electrophysiological diagnosis of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) may be challenging. Thus, with the aim ofproviding some practical advice in electrophysiological approach to a patient with suspected CIDP, we analyzed electrophysiological data from 499 patients enrolled inthe Italian CIDP Database.

METHODS: We calculated the rate of each demyelinating feature, the rate of demyelinating features per nerve, the diagnostic rate for upper andlower limb nerves, and, using a ROC curve analysis, the diagnostic accuracy of each couple of nerves and each demyelinating feature, for every CIDP subtype.Moreover, we compared the electrophysiological data of definite and probable CIDP patients with those of possible and not-fulfilling CIDP patients, and by a logisticregression analysis, we estimated the odds ratio (OR) to make an electrophysiological diagnosis of definite or probable CIDP.

RESULTS: The ulnar nerve had the highestrate of demyelinating features and, when tested bilaterally, had the highest diagnostic accuracy except for DADS in which peroneal nerves were the most informative.In possible and not-fulfilling CIDP patients, a lower number of nerves and proximal temporal dispersion (TD) measurements had been performed compared to definiteand probable CIDP patients. Importantly, OR for each tested motor nerve and each TD measurement was 1.59 and 1.33, respectively.

CONCLUSION: Our findingsdemonstrated that the diagnosis of CIDP may be missed due to inadequate or incomplete electrophysiological examination or interpretation. At the same time, thesedata taken together could be useful to draw a thoughtful electrophysiological approach to patients suspected of CIDP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-82
Number of pages10
JournalNeurol. Sci.
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 21 2022


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