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What are the symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome?

Symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome vary from person to person and may be mild or severe. Most often, the first prominent symptom is weakness, and most often the weakness is felt in both legs. The weakness is accompanied by decreased feeling (paresthesia). Reflexes are lost, for example, the hammer to the front of the knee will not induce a kick. In severe cases breathing can be affected enough to require a ventilator and rarely the heart can be affected. The maximal degree of weakness usually occurs within the first 2-3 weeks. Over time, the weakness often involves the arms or head, affecting eye and head movement and speech. Occasionally, the weakness will affect the arms or muscles of the head before affecting the legs. Although symptoms can become life threatening, partial recovery is possible from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (however, some degree of weakness may still be present).

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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