Guillain-Barre Syndrome

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome or known as GBS is a very rare disease. The general cause of acute paralysis in western countries due to virtual elimination of poliomyelitis or better known as polio. Unfortunately, even with the medical science today it is still one of many diseases that show signs of not being genetic or having a beginning stage. Symptoms in Guillain-Barre syndrome Guillain-Barre Syndrome can develop by a most common of symptoms most the time overlooked as something different. The beginning of the GBS starts with muscle weakness, usually beginning in the legs and can cause weakness in both sides of the body. This weakness can be mistaken of someone having a stroke which usually affects only one side of the body. Around one to ten…show more content…
The initial symptoms of the tingling or pain brings on weakness, often leaves the person with GBS and family puzzled and concerned. This illness usually affects previously healthy individuals who have probably never experienced symptoms of this type before. The situation can be frightening, and given the progressive weakness is likely, respiratory failure is possible, and the outcome is unpredictable, their fears are grounded. Caregivers and the people with GBS should keep in mind that the outcome is usually good. Yes, there will be loss of muscle control, maybe even an inability to breathe without support but it helps if everyone involved knows they will eventually recovery. Many people with GBS have been previously healthy. They are seldom emotionally prepared for illness, especially one that appears to be…show more content…
There is wide-spread anxiety about this procedure, but it is usually simple and safe. It does entail insertion of a needle, and it is therefore uncomfortable. Also, about 25 percent of the people who undergo this procedure experience some headache after the fluid is removed, but it is server only about five percent of the cases. The procedure is difficult to perform and may need to be done under x-ray guidance if the person is extremely obese or has had pervious back surgery. There are no blood tests that can provide assistance in establishing a diagnosis of GBS. Specifically, the white blood cell count is usually normal and no antibodies against nerve components can be reliably detected in the blood. Theories of causation of Guillain-Barre Syndrome Many different kinds of infections can trigger an attack of GBS most commonly a respiratory infection that causes cold or influenza-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, cough, and generalized aches and pains. There is no relationship between the severity of the symptoms and the subsequent development of GBS. A person is just as likely to get GBS following a minor flu-like episode, in majority of cases the specific infectious organism is never identified partly because the infection has subsided
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