Guillain-Barré Syndrome - Topic Overview
How is it treated? continued...
In the hospital, you may get a
plasma exchange or
intravenous immune globulin (IVIG).
- In a plasma exchange, blood is taken out of
your body. The harmful antibodies are removed from the blood, and then the
blood is returned to your body.
- In IVIG, helpful antibodies are
added to your blood.
These treatments may help your body fight the disease and
may speed your recovery if they are used when you first get GBS. You may need to stay in the hospital for weeks or longer, until your symptoms have improved.
Sometimes GBS can come back. Both plasma exchange and IVIG therapy may be needed to reduce the severity of a relapse.
How long will it take to recover?
You may need 3 to 6 months or longer to recover from GBS. And you may have to wait several months before you can return to your
Many people have long-term effects from GBS, such as numbness in the toes and fingers. In most cases, these problems won't get in the way of your daily life. Some people have more serious problems, such as long-term weakness or balance problems.
Support at home is important during this time. You
may need some help with some of your activities and chores until you're stronger.
Regular exercise can help you strengthen your weakened muscles. Talk to your doctor
about exercising during your recovery. If you have severe muscle weakness, you may need