Paraneoplastic Neuropathies

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Paraneoplastic neuropathies are rare, often presenting before a diagnosis of cancer is made. The clinical presentation can be highly suggestive or entirely nonspecific. However, it is important to recognize paraneoplastic neuropathies because, even though treatment options are limited and often ineffective, diagnosis permits surveillance for and possible early detection of a malignancy. The pathophysiology is believed to be an immune-mediated process from cross-reacting antibodies to antigens within the tumors and peripheral nerves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuromuscular Disorders
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0470654562, 9780470654569
StatePublished - Sep 6 2011


  • Breast and lung cancer and brachial plexopathy
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy effects
  • Cytosine arabinoside and GBS-like neuropathy
  • Morvan's syndrome
  • Neuromuscular disorders and malignancies
  • Neuropathies, secondary to direct effects of malignancies
  • Paraneoplastic acquired neuromyotonia
  • Paraneoplastic neuropathies
  • Paraneoplastic sensory neuronopathy
  • Sensory neuronopathy or ganglionopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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