Paraneoplastic disorders of the nervous system are a group of unusual disorders that develop in up to 10 to 15 percent of people who have cancer (Source: Review of Ophthalmology). These conditions occur when cancer-fighting components of your immune system also attack parts of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, or muscle. Optic neuropathy occurs when the optic nerve is damaged.
Paraneoplastic disorders can potentially affect many other organs and systems in the body, including vision, hormones, skin, blood, and joints. Paraneoplastic retinopathies are a type of paraneoplastic disorders that affect vision.
While manifestation of the condition varies based on which area of the body is affected, symptoms of paraneoplastic disorders include:
- Difficulty keeping your balance, swallowing, walking or with your vision
- Loss of fine motor skills
- Loss of muscle coordination
- Loss of muscle tone or muscle weakness
- Memory loss
- Sleep disturbances
- Slurred speech or stuttering
- Unusual involuntary (cannot be controlled) movements
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