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Guillain-Barre Syndrome (cont.)

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  • People with Guillain-Barre syndrome should have continuous heart monitoring, which includes pulse oxygenation, blood pressure, and pulse.
  • They need continuous evaluation of their airway, breathing, and circulation.
  • Fluid intake needs to be monitored.
  • The main focus of treatment, however, is supportive care and prevention of any problems. The person needs to be protected against the development of bedsores.
  • The treatment of choice for Guillain-Barre syndrome is plasmapheresis-a process in which a person's blood is removed, the plasma separated, and the blood put back into the body to build new antibodies for immunity. When used early in the disease process, plasmapheresis has been beneficial. It decreases death rates, lowers the probability of permanent problems, and shortens the length of the illness.
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