What are paraneoplastic neurological complications?
Paraneoplastic neurological complications are rare disorders resulting from the immune system's response to cancer cells elsewhere in the body. This immune response mistakenly attacks the normal tissues of the nervous system, causing various neurological symptoms.
What are some common symptoms of paraneoplastic neurological complications?
Common symptoms may include:
- Memory problems
- Mood changes
- Slurred speech
- Unsteady gait
- Limb weakness
We will conduct a thorough evaluation to ensure an accurate diagnosis. If paraneoplastic neurological complications are suspected, your doctor may arrange the following assessments to confirm the diagnosis:
- Medical history
- Physical examination
- Blood tests
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Medical imaging such as an MRI or CT scan
Treatment and management
Your Epworth care team will work together with you and your family to plan the best approach to treatment and symptom management.
The treatment of paraneoplastic neurological complications focuses on two main aspects:
- Managing the underlying cancer, and
- Addressing the neurological symptoms
Your Epworth neurologist may suggest the following to help treat your condition and reduce the impact of your symptoms:
Learn more about our approach to cancer care at Epworth.
This procedure aims to remove harmful antibodies from the blood.
This procedure aims to add healthy antibodies into the bloodstream.
Your Epworth care team will arrange follow-up appointments to assess treatment effectiveness and adjust treatment plans as needed.