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Gideon Barre Syndrome
GBS: Anyone can develop GBS, but people over 50 yrs. Age are more at risk. It develops several days/weeks after having diarrhea or respiratory infection, with most common cause being a bacterium called Campylobacter, & some cases follow the Flu or Epstein Barr virus infection, and rarely after vaccination.
Virus: Usually a virus. Very rarely a vaccination, but the risk of the virus far outweighs the vaccine.
Auto-immune reaction: A triggered auto-immune reaction usually against the myelin of peripheral nerves. In a subset of individuals, the response is also directed at the nerve cells. This causes slowing of nerve conduction and motor weakness classically in an ascending pattern from the legs proximally. The attack may be so dramatic as to cause breathing difficulty requiring a respirator. Treatment options exist.
Genetic blindness: This is an autosomal recessive disease (i.e., the patient inherits one defective gene from each parent), with progressive loss of vision and sometimes other neurologic problems. Carriers (one copy of the gene) may have some visual problems. There is no specific treatment, and my hope is that if you or someone you know is affected, good supportive care will be available.
Sharpe Syndrome: Its another name for mixed connective tissue disease, an autoimmune disease with features of systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, and polymyositis, sometime referred to as undifferentiated connective tissue disease. Individuals who have this condition are best served by a rheumatologist (an internist with subspecialty training in rheuamtology).
Tumor family: This is a fairly common trait passed parent-to-child, 50% chance, in which certain tumors are substantially more common and there may be curious bumps especially on the skin. It is not curable but if good surveillance for tumors is maintained, it's manageable. Several genetic loci are known especially pten, and genetic counseling is available.
Deadly process: First noted in the 60'sand peaking in the 70's, this is a pattern of acute liver failure, coma and often death. It often struck kids recovering from flu or chickenpox. Its cause is unclear, but an association with intake of any salicylate product was recognized. After salicylates were stopped for kids under 16, the condition has all but disappeared.See 1 more doctor answer
Read: Horner's syndrome is the combination of drooping of the eyelid (ptosis) and constriction of the pupil (miosis), sometimes accompanied by decreased sweating of the face on the same side; redness of the conjunctiva of the eye is often also present. It indicates a problem with the sympathetic nervous system.See 2 more doctor answers
Genetic Condition: Kallmann's syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by the failure to commence or complete puberty. It causes hypogonadism (low level of circulating sex related hormones; testosterone in men and estrogen and Progesterone in women) and is accompanied by a total lack of the sense of smell (anosmia) or a heavily reduced sense of smell (hyposmia). The diagnosis is made by a full endocrine eval.
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