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Guillian-Barre Syndrome


Guillian-Barre Syndrome is an acute, rapidly progressive inflammatory polyneuropathy characterized by muscular weakness, and mild distal sensory loss. Guillian-Barre Syndrome is the most common acquired demyelinating neuropathy (#2 is MS).

Signs of Guillian-Barre Syndrome include: symmetric weakness with parasthesia beginning in the legs and progressing upwards. Symptoms include: loss of deep tendon reflexes, but the sphincter is usually functional.

90% reach maximum paralysis within 2-3 weeks. It is usually self limiting.


The cause of Guillian-Barre Syndrome is unknown. 2/3 begin 5-10 days after a mild infection, vaccination or surgery.




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