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What is Guillain-Barre syndrome?

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It’s when your body's immune system attacks nerves just as they leave the spinal cord. Symptoms appear and get worse quickly. It can cause paralysis. Early signs include weakness and tingling that often spreads upward into the arms. More severe cases can lead to blood pressure problems, heart rhythm problems, and trouble breathing. However, recovery rates are good when patients receive treatment early.

SOURCES: 

Bromberg M. Seminars In Neurology, June 2005. 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 

The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Peripheral Neuropathy: A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age, October 1, 2002. 

Sghirlanzoni A. Lancet Neurology, June 2005.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 8, 2018

SOURCES: 

Bromberg M. Seminars In Neurology, June 2005. 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 

The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Peripheral Neuropathy: A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age, October 1, 2002. 

Sghirlanzoni A. Lancet Neurology, June 2005.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 8, 2018

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