Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Guillain-Barre syndrome is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. Symptoms include weakness and tingling.
These symptoms can quickly spread throughout the body. It can also paralyze the whole body. In its most severe form Guillain-Barre syndrome is a medical emergency. Most patients with this condition must be hospitalized to receive treatment.
The exact cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is not known. Usually, it is often preceded by an infectious illness.
There’s no cure for Guillain-Barre syndrome. However, several treatments can manage the symptoms and reduce the intensity of the illness. Most people get better from Guillain-Barre syndrome, though some may feel lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue.
Symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome may include:
• Prickling sensations in your fingers, toes, ankles or wrists
• Weakness in legs
• Unsteady walking or inability to walk
• Difficulty with eye movements,
• Difficulty speaking, chewing or swallowing
• Difficulty with bladder control or bowel function
• Rapid heart rate
• Low or high blood pressure
• Difficulty breathing
Guillain-Barre syndrome can affect all age groups. But the risks are higher if one is a man or an older adult.
There’s no cure for Guillain-Barre syndrome. But the following are two types of treatments that can help speed recovery and reduce the severity of the illness:
• Plasma exchange (plasmapheresis).
• Immunoglobulin therapy

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