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Doctor insights on: How Does Lupus Compare To Guillain Barre Syndrome

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What's it like to live with guillain barre syndrome?

What's it like to live with guillain barre syndrome?

Usually acute: Gbs is an ascending weakness of first legs, later arms, and bilateral face, usually following an infection, which can cause difficulty breathing, but if treated in timely fashion with ivig or plasmapheresis, should stabilize, reverse and recover. If chronic cidp develops, will respond very well to ivig. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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How are the classic symptoms of guillain barre syndrome like?

How are the classic symptoms of guillain barre syndrome like?

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 is the definition or description of: guillain barre syndrome?

AIDP: This condition goes by several names and has a few variants. Commonly seen is aidp-acute inflmmatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. This is a condition of nerve inflammation affecting primarily the outer casing of the nerves (myelin sheath), is acute in onset, and is usually ascending (feet, upper legs, hands, sometimes face and chest). It can be severe and should be evaluated promptly. ...Read more

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How come I had guillain-barre syndrome, but nobody else in the family has ever had it?

Not familial: Gbs is a postinfectious, immune-mediated disease. Cellular and humoral immune mechanisms probably play a role in its development. Most patients report an infectious illness in the weeks prior to the onset of gbs. Epidemiological studies have failed to demonstrate a familial connection or predilection for the syndrome. ...Read more

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Can guillain-barre syndrome be fatal?

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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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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How are campylobacteriosis and guillain-barre syndrome different?

Campylobacteriosis: Is the bacterial infection that can, very rarely, lead to a neurologic disease, guillain-barre syndrome (gbs) that causes demyelination and neuronal issues with subsequent weakness. The bacteriosis is only the bacterial infection, where gbs is the neurologic aftermath people can get from possibly autoimmune attack on there nerves. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for guillain barre syndrome?

What is the treatment for guillain barre syndrome?

See below:: Treatment of guillain-barré syndrome may include plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) and high-dose immunoglobulin therapy. A respirator may be used if the patient requires assistance to breathe. Physical therapy can begin after the patient recovers limb control.The recovery period: a few weeks or as long as a few years. About 30% may suffer from residual weakness after 3 years. ...Read more