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Can you die from guillain-barre syndrome?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: GBS
Yes, it is possible to die from guillain-barre syndrome (gbs).
One way a patient might die from gbs is that if the respiratory muscles are affected and they become paralyzed (and it is not recognized), it can lead to respiratory failure and death. Gbs patients may be monitored for this using two specific lung function parameters: negative inspiratory force and forced vital capacity.

In brief: GBS
Yes, it is possible to die from guillain-barre syndrome (gbs).
One way a patient might die from gbs is that if the respiratory muscles are affected and they become paralyzed (and it is not recognized), it can lead to respiratory failure and death. Gbs patients may be monitored for this using two specific lung function parameters: negative inspiratory force and forced vital capacity.
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Dr. Rashed Hasan
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1 comment
Dr. Jason Adler
I agree, although death in centers with experience in GBS and modern ICUs is rare, especially in young children. Although mortality rates increase into adulthood, the majority of patients survive and recover. Recovery may be slow and incomplete in a percentage of patients. Death can result from arrhythmia, instability in blood pressure, or complications of respiratory failure- such as pneumonia.
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