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Guillain-Barre Syndrome

more about Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Post infectious polyneuropathy

  • This is a syndrome in which multiple nerves throughout the body stop working correctly.

  • Paralysis/weakness of the lower legs; the weakness spreads to the arms and face
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Heart racing
  • Heart palpitations
  • Facial flushing
  • Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
  • Low or high blood pressure may occur.

  • Unknown
  • It usually occurs 10 days after a viral infection.
  • It often occurs after surgery or vaccination.

  • Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) shows high protein
  • EMG -- nerve conduction studies are usually very abnormal

  • Observed in the intensive care unit because of risk of fatal heart arrhythmias and respiratory arrest
  • Patient put on ventilator if pulmonary function becomes weak
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Plasmapheresis -- blood plasma is removed, filtered, and returned to the body
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin
  • High-dose pulsed methylprednisolone

  • Very good if treated appropriately

  • Warning!  If you suspect that your child has this condition, he or she will need immediate emergency treatment.  Sudden death may occur due to heart or lung problems, so do not delay treatment!

  • Botulism
  • Lyme disease
  • Polio
  • Toxin exposure (heavy metals)
  • Porphyria
  • Diphtheria

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