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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

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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 is the preferred mode of treatment for guillain barre syndrome: immunoglobulin or plasmepheresis?

What is the preferred mode of treatment for guillain barre syndrome: immunoglobulin or plasmepheresis?

IVIG: Recent evidence supports use of ivig if disease is evolving rapidly toward total paralysis. Benefit is similar to plasmapheresis but better tolerated and easier to manage in most hospital settings. ...Read more

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Can physical and speech therapy help with guillain-barre syndrome?

Can physical and speech therapy help with guillain-barre syndrome?

Speech therapy & GBS: Speech therapy can be very helpful to improve speech and promote safe swallowing in patients who have significant weakness of the tongue, palate and throat, or who have had a tracheostomy. Physical therapy can also be very helpful to attempt to minimize physical function deficits and prevent muscle wasting and joint contractures. ...Read more

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How many treatments of ivig/plasphorosis should a person with guillain barre have? I had 5 of each once.People say I should have more is this true?

How many treatments of ivig/plasphorosis should a person with guillain barre have? I had 5 of each once.People say I should have more is this true?

Probably not. : Gbs treatment with 5 days of ivig is standard. Plasmapheresis, when used, is generally 4-6 treatments. Your doctor/neurologist knows what's right for you. Sounds like she/he is doing the right thing for you. ...Read more

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I had guillain barre for 10 months and still cannot walk dr told me i had the aman variant of gbs . Drs took 3 weeks to start my treatment. Outcome?

I had guillain barre for 10 months and still cannot walk dr told me i had the aman variant of  gbs . Drs took 3 weeks to start my treatment. Outcome?

Nerve weakness: There is a variant which causes eye and coordination problems, but outcome should be quite similar in general if timely therapy is initiated. Your description certainly raises a question of chronic guillain-barre, which would do better with ivig once monthly. Suggest you have a followup emg, possible spinal tap, and get a treatment program started. Maybe, a second opinion? ...Read more

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I have had guillain barre for 11 months and still feel tingling on my feet does it mean that I have the chronic type? How many treatments of ivig?

I have had guillain barre for 11 months and still feel tingling on my  feet does it mean that I have the chronic type? How many treatments of ivig?

Let's assess.: If all that persists is tingling, then your healing process has gone well, and soon, that will disappear also. If your weakness were to recur, or your sensory problems magnify, it would be time to get reassessment and a new emg, and even lumbar puncture, as then we could consider cidp. Ivig is not appropriate or helpful for your symptoms. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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