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Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Guillain-Barre Syndrome Overview

Guillain-Barre syndrome is a nerve disorder. It is an acute and rapidly progressive inflammation of nerves that causes loss of sensation and muscle weakness.

This syndrome causes the destruction, removal, or loss of the myelin sheath of a nerve. Myelin is the substance of the cell membrane that coils to form the myelin sheath. The myelin sheath serves as an electrical insulator to nerve fibers.

It is also known as a polyneuropathy, which is a disease that involves several nerves.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/23/2014
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