Neuromuscular respiratory failure is not considered to be a clinical feature of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). We present 4 patients with CIDP who required respiratory assistance and mechanical ventilation. Two patients needed emergent intubation and one patient lapsed in a stupor from hypercapnia. Respiratory failure in CIDP should be considered exceptional, but more formal studies in CIDP may be needed to assess its prevalence.
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- Clinical Neurology