We report on a 35-year-old man who had gender dysphoria following unilateral ovariectomy and then received continuous testosterone injection for nine years, inducing chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). He developed recurrent muscle weakness and numbness in the extremities and displayed demyelinating neuropathy, detected by nerve conduction studies and a sural nerve biopsy. Repeated intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) therapy and the administration of oral prednisolone improved symptoms and inhibited their recurrence. A relatively high level of serum testosterone as a genetic female might have caused the neurotoxicity of the peripheral nerve, leading to CIDP.
- chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- gender dysphoria
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology