What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
- 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.
- Guillain-Barre syndrome is also known as a polyneuropathy, which is a disease that involves several nerves.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/23/2014
Michael A LoGuidice Sr, DO
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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