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A 59-Year-Old Man with Progressive Difficulties with Balance and Weight Loss 

A 59-Year-Old Man with Progressive Difficulties with Balance and Weight Loss
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A 59-Year-Old Man with Progressive Difficulties with Balance and Weight Loss
Author(s):

Jeffrey A. Cohen

, Justin J. Mowchun

, Victoria H. Lawson

, and Nathaniel M. Robbins

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190491901.003.0014
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date: 20 June 2021

Paraneoplastic peripheral neuropathies are rare but important to consider in the evaluation of subacute peripheral neuropathy. The clinical and electrophysiological pattern as well as antibody evaluation is essential order to identify a specific paraneoplastic neuropathy. A positive paraneoplastic antibody in the cerebral spinal fluid is not required to make the diagnosis, but is helpful to consider if the serum antibodies are negative. This chapter emphasizes the importance of differential diagnosis and work up. Treatment options are described. Immunotherapy is also an important consideration.

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