Which histologic findings are characteristic of multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) with conduction block?

Updated: Nov 12, 2018
  • Author: Sasa Zivkovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Nerve biopsy is not routinely performed in the evaluation of patients with suspected MMN.

Sural nerve biopsy findings may be normal, but findings may also show mild demyelination and poor remyelination in the absence of significant inflammation. Evidence of axonal injury with regeneration may also be present.

The relevance of morphologic abnormalities in sensory nerves in a predominantly motor neuropathy such as MMN is uncertain.

Biopsy of motor nerves is not routinely performed in clinical practice, but several reported cases document demyelination and remyelination in MMN.


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