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Posted by on Jan 25, 2008 in Neurology

CDC Requests Help in Pig-Slaughter Neuropathy

CDC Requests Help in Pig-Slaughter Neuropathy

The CDC is requesting the assistance of practicing US neurologists to identify potential cases of neuropathy or myelopathy in individuals associated with the pig-slaughter industry. (Previous discussion and speculation at the Pathophilia blog regarding the illness can be found here.) Further information from the CDC suggests that the clinical and electrodiagnostic findings of affected persons indicate the presence of an inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, affecting primarily motor nervesfindings which are consistent with an acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP, aka Guillain-Barre syndrome [GBS]) or chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP).

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.