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Can you die from guillain-barre syndrome?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Yes: This is a rapid onset paralysis of muscles starting in the legs and rapidly involving upper trunk and breathing in the worst cases. You could die from inability to breathe. If this is occurring, get to the er as fast as possible.
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatric Critical Care 32 years experience
GBS: Yes, it is possible to die from guillain-barre syndrome (gbs). One way a patient might die from gbs is that if the respiratory muscles are affected and they become paralyzed (and it is not recognized), it can lead to respiratory failure and death. Gbs patients may be monitored for this using two specific lung function parameters: negative inspiratory force and forced vital capacity.
Dr. Jason Adler
Dr. Jason Adler commented
Pediatric Critical Care 25 years experience
I agree, although death in centers with experience in GBS and modern ICUs is rare, especially in young children. Although mortality rates increase into adulthood, the majority of patients survive and recover. Recovery may be slow and incomplete in a percentage of patients. Death can result from arrhythmia, instability in blood pressure, or complications of respiratory failure- such as pneumonia.
Mar 30, 2012

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for guillain-barre syndrome?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Guillain-Barre: Is a form of ascending paralysis which has several major forms and can result in long term persistent neurological deficits. There is a recent excellent review of this illness in the new england journal of medicine. Look online.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Main diagnostic tests include spinal fluid analysis and EMG, but a number of blood and urine tests can be ordered to exclude other similar conditions.
Apr 9, 2014
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of guillain-barre syndrome?

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Dr. Jonathan Megerian
Pediatric Neurology 29 years experience
Motor weakness: Guillian-barre is an inflammatory disease of the nerve roots that results in pain and progressive motor weakness. It can cause paralysis, breathing failure and problems with the cardiovascular system. If it is suspected, it should be evaluated and treated emergently. Proper treatment can be lifesaving and result in full or near full recovery.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are signs of guillain barre syndrome?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Acute neuritis: An ascending rapidly progressive weakness then paralysis, starting typically bilaterally in legs, later arms and hands, and later yet issues with swallowing and breathing, often following influenza, but also seen with infectious mono, some GI infections, and could lead to respiratory collapse if not properly treated.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do I need to be hospitalized for guillain-barre syndrome?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
I vote yes: At the onset i would say yes!
A member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of guillain-barre syndrome?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Muscle weakness: This is a allergic/toxic reaction to the nervous system in response to an immunologic insult - most commonly a viral infection. The areas affected, usually starting with the legs and passing upwards can make you helpless and even stop breathing. This is an emergency and you should seeks help immediately.

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