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A 68-Year-Old Male with Progressive Numbness and Gait Difficulties 

A 68-Year-Old Male with Progressive Numbness and Gait Difficulties
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A 68-Year-Old Male with Progressive Numbness and Gait Difficulties
Author(s):

Jeffrey A. Cohen

, Justin J. Mowchun

, Victoria H. Lawson

, and Nathaniel M. Robbins

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190491901.003.0015
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date: 31 July 2021

Paraproteinemic demyelinating peripheral neuropathies require specific diagnostic and management approaches. The clinical features as well as the type of monoclonal protein and possible associated antibodies are all important considerations in evaluation and management of these complex presentations. It is important to recognize anti-myelin associated glycoproteins positive peripheral neuropathy, which is associated with IgM gammopathy, and typically presents with a sensory ataxia. Hematologic disease may mimic chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. This chapter also describes the role of hematological evaluation for patients with peripheral neuropathy and a monoclonal gammopathy.

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