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How is Guillain-Barre syndrome diagnosed?

Guillain-Barre is called a syndrome rather than a disease because it is not clear that a specific disease-causing agent is involved. A syndrome is a medical condition characterized by a collection of symptoms (what the patient feels) and signs (what a doctor can observe or measure). Guillain-Barré syndrome can be difficult to diagnose in its earliest stages because other disorders may have similar symptoms, and because the exact symptoms experienced may vary from patient to patient. The signs and symptoms of GBS are quite varied, so it can be quite difficult to diagnose in early stages. The patient will be carefully questioned and examined before a diagnosis is made. In Guillain-Barrè , reflexes such as knee jerks are usually lost. Because the signals traveling along the nerve are slower, a nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test can give a doctor clues to aid the diagnosis. In Guillain-Barrè patients, the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the spinal cord and brain contains more protein than usual. Therefore a physician may decide to perform a spinal tap, a procedure in which the doctor inserts a needle into the patient's lower back to draw cerebrospinal fluid from the spinal column.

More information on Guillain-Barre syndrome

What is Guillain-Barre syndrome? - Guillain-Barre syndrome is a neurological disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.
What causes Guillain-Barre syndrome? - The causes of Guillain Barre syndrome are unknown. The cause and course of Guillain-Barre syndrome is an active area of neurological investigation.
What are symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome? - Symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome vary, the first prominent symptom is weakness. The weakness is accompanied by paresthesia.
How is Guillain-Barre syndrome diagnosed? - Guillain-Barre syndrome can be difficult to diagnose in its earliest stages. Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test can help the diagnosis.
What's the treatment for Guillain-Barre syndrome? - The goal of the treatment for Guillain-Barre syndrome is to lessen the severity of the illness and to assist in the recovery.
What's Miller fisher syndrome? - Miller fisher syndrome (MFS) is a variant of Guillain-Barre syndrome characterized by the triad of ophthalmoplegia, ataxia and areflexia.
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