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.

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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...
See doctor asap. or go to ER if you think you could have Guillan Barre. and have it checked and diagnosed and treated. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...