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Guillain Barre Syndrome

Guillain Barre Syndrome is the name of a disorder where the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.The disorder frequently attacks a few days or weeks after a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. However, it may also occur after the patient has undergone surgery or vaccinations. The Guillain Barre Syndrome is characterized by the feeling of weakness or tingling sensations in the patients legs. This sensation can spread to the arms and upper body and may result in a total paralysis that is a medical emergency. Other symptoms may be moderate pain throughout the body, inhibited breathing, and constricted eye and facial movements, difficulty speaking, chewing and swallowing. Yet there exist no actual cure treating Guillain Barre Syndrome, but therapies have been proved helpful in order to ease the symptoms of the syndrome and improve recovery. Plasmapheresis and high-dose immunoglobulin therapy are the two most frequently used. Supportive care and hydrotherapy may also be integrated in the treatment.

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