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What is the long-term outlook for those with guillain-barre syndrome?

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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Very Good

Around 80% of people who contract guillain-barre will go on to make a full-recovery and live a normal life.
About 10% will have some sort of long-term disability, such as motor or sensory nerve damage or recurrent episodes. Those with recurrent episodes are classified as having chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (cipd).

In brief: Very Good

Around 80% of people who contract guillain-barre will go on to make a full-recovery and live a normal life.
About 10% will have some sort of long-term disability, such as motor or sensory nerve damage or recurrent episodes. Those with recurrent episodes are classified as having chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (cipd).
Danielle Jones
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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Good

Due to advances in care, people survive guillain-barre syndrome and return to living their lives.
If there is a residual of weakness, bracing or medical care for late effects such as overuse related pains will be helpful. A physiatrist can assist with issues in return to work or driving if there are special needs. This condition should not recur, but occasional "relapse" has been reported.

In brief: Good

Due to advances in care, people survive guillain-barre syndrome and return to living their lives.
If there is a residual of weakness, bracing or medical care for late effects such as overuse related pains will be helpful. A physiatrist can assist with issues in return to work or driving if there are special needs. This condition should not recur, but occasional "relapse" has been reported.
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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