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Meaning of GUILLAIN BARRÉ SYNDROME

 
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 Definition: Guillain-Barré syndrome is characterized by weakness of of muscles of the limbs and the trunk, with paresthesia (tingling and numbness) and pain. The symptoms usually involve the legs first, progress to arms and facial muscles. In severe cases, when respiratory muscles are involved, the patient may require intubation and mechanically assisted ventilation. A mild upper respiratory or gastrointestinal infection preceedes the neuritic symptoms by 1 to 3 weeks in about half of the cases. There is an association with Campylobacter jejuni infection. Over 80% of patients have complete recovery which is extended over several weeks.
 

 

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