My daughter got GBS and eventual cidp after getting Fifth's disease 12/08.She also got really bad arthritis from the Fifths. She started receiving ivig for the cidp and then it started to be spread out. Then her arthritis started to come back. She was tested for Fifths or Parvo B19 about a week ago and it was positive. Doctors are now saying that her cidp and arthritis are caused by fifths. I now that cidp and ms are closely related and it appears that fifths can cause ms as well. Any thoughts?
Hi, and welcome. I have looked into this question as I also had Parvo B19 nine months before my MS showed up. The research has not shown any correlation between the two diseases. The two viruses most consistently associated with MS are EBV and HHV-6 the viruses that cause mononucleosis and roseola, respectively.
I also have a permanent arthritis from that Fifth infection 11 years ago.
CIDP can be thought of as the peripheral nervous system cousin to MS's involvement of the central nervous system. MS has randon demyelination of the CNS and CIDP has random demyelination of the PNS. That is the only relation between MS and CIDP. Otherwise they don't turn into each other or anything like that. They are also treated differently and CIDP has a better prognosis, in general.
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