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Volume 21, issue 2

Case report

POEMS syndrome in a 45-year-old man referred to a rehabilitation program – a case report

Marek Tradecki1, Andrzej Pozowski1, Małgorzata Paprocka-Borowicz1, Jadwiga Kuciel-Lewandowska1
1. Katedra Fizjoterapii Wydziału Nauk o Zdrowiu, Akademia Medyczna, Wrocław
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2012, 21(2): 139–142
Keywords: POEMS syndrome, sensorimotor polyneuropathy, rehabilitation, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal proteins

Abstract

Objective. We present a case of 45-year-old man with POEMS syndrome (the name is an acronym deriving from the main features of the syndrome: polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal proteins, and skin disorders). The patient was admitted to a rehabilitation ward in September 2011.
Case report. The final diagnosis was established in May 2011, while his initial symptoms had emerged in 2007. In the course of the diagnostic process the patient developed sensorimotor polyneuropathy in the upper and lower limbs, as well as other characteristic symptoms. In June 2011 he had chemotherapy supported by autologous stem cell transplantation.
Commentary. After the five-week rehabilitation program the patient was discharged with improved muscle strength in his lower limbs.

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