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can you die from guillain-barre syndrome?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
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.
Answered on Jan 23, 2020
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
30 years experience Pediatrics
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.
Answered on Jan 23, 2020
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Dr. Jason Adler
Dr. Jason Adler commented
23 years experience Pediatric Critical Care
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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