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Can you die from guillain-barre syndrome?

Can you die from guillain-barre syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Guillain Barre Syndrome (Definition)

French neurologists described a condition of progressive weakness following an illness. First by guillain and barre then added to by landray and stohl describing more severe forms with respiratory paralysis. Most cases progress up legs to trunk to arms, then slowing recover to normal. Some affect breathing, swallow and facial movement. Some with dizziness and ...Read more


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What are the tests for guillain-barre syndrome?

What are the tests for guillain-barre syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of guillain-barre syndrome?

What are the symptoms of guillain-barre syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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How to know if I have guillain-barre syndrome or something else?

Response: Why did you ask this question? Do you have progressive ascending weakness which has started a few days ago? If so, get to a hospital ASAP, you are at risk. Sorry, I have no clue what "something else" is!! ...Read more

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Think I may have guillain barre syndrome again or what is going on?

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. ...Read more

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Can guillain-barre syndrome be fatal?

Yes: Guillain barre causes ascending paralysis. If the paralysis gets to the muscle of breathing, then breathing may stop. Some patients need to be on a ventilator to save their lives. If the paralysis happens too quickly or ventilation is not available, the patient will die. However, if full support is provided, full recovery is expected back to normal. ...Read more

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What causes guillain-barre syndrome (gbs)?

What causes guillain-barre syndrome (gbs)?

No one knows: Gbs occurs when the bodies immune system attacks the lining or myelin of the nerve cells in the peripheral nervous system. Although it can be associated with things like following surgery or after certain infections, for example it has been seen following campylobacter infection which causes diarrhea, the true cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Guillain barre syndrome connected to eczema?

Guillain barre syndrome connected to eczema?

No connection: There is no relationship between guillain barre syncroe and eczea. ...Read more

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Guillain barre syndrome--what is the reason you get it?

Guillain barre syndrome--what is the reason you get it?

Autoimmune: Our best understanding is that the body's immune system reacts against a new antigen (usually after a viral infection but this isn't always possible to identify). The newly primed immune system then inappropriately attack's the body's nervous system leading to the syndrome. ...Read more

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Can guillain Barre' syndrome lead to mesothelium gravis?

No: These are two discreet clinical entities. One causes demyelination of the peripheral nerve due to an autoimmune response the other causes an antibody mediated response on the acetylcholine receptor on the nerve muscle junction. ...Read more