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How are Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) treated?

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The two main treatments for Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) are:

  • Plasma exchange: Blood is removed from your body. Plasma -- the liquid part of blood -- is separated from the white and red blood cells. Then the cells are returned to your body. Getting rid of the plasma takes out antibodies. They are part of that immune system response that damages nerves. Immunoglobulin therapy: This uses an IV to deliver proteins the body normally uses to attack viruses and bacteria. That eases the immune system’s attack on nerves. Still, doctors aren't sure how they work.

From: Guillain-Barré Syndrome and MS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Capello, E. , March 2000. European Journal of Neurology

CDC: "Guillain-Barrè Syndrome and Flu Vaccine," "Zika and Guillain-Barrè Syndrome."

Etemadifar M. , 2012. Autoimmune Diseases

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Long-Term Treatments," "Treating Multiple Sclerosis Relapses."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Guillain-Barrè Syndrome Fact Sheet," "Multiple Sclerosis: Hope Through Research."

National MS Society: "Medications," "Multiple Sclerosis FAQs," "MS Symptoms," "Numbness or Tingling," "What Causes MS?"

Nemours Foundation: "Guillain-Barrè Syndrome."

University of California, San Francisco: "About Multiple Sclerosis."

World Health Organization: "Guillain-Barrè Syndrome."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 7, 2018

SOURCES:

Capello, E. , March 2000. European Journal of Neurology

CDC: "Guillain-Barrè Syndrome and Flu Vaccine," "Zika and Guillain-Barrè Syndrome."

Etemadifar M. , 2012. Autoimmune Diseases

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Long-Term Treatments," "Treating Multiple Sclerosis Relapses."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Guillain-Barrè Syndrome Fact Sheet," "Multiple Sclerosis: Hope Through Research."

National MS Society: "Medications," "Multiple Sclerosis FAQs," "MS Symptoms," "Numbness or Tingling," "What Causes MS?"

Nemours Foundation: "Guillain-Barrè Syndrome."

University of California, San Francisco: "About Multiple Sclerosis."

World Health Organization: "Guillain-Barrè Syndrome."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 7, 2018

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