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Guillain-Barre Syndrome

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.
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What are the symptoms of GBS?

Symptoms of GBS include:

  • Numbness or tingling in your hands and feet and sometimes around the mouth and lips.
  • Muscle weakness in your legs and arms and the sides of your face.
  • Trouble speaking, chewing, and swallowing.
  • Not being able to move your eyes.
  • Back pain.

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