Other Names for this Disease
- Acute autoimmune peripheral neuropathy
- Acute idiopathic demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Acute immune-mediated polyneuropathy
- Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy
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Your QuestionI have just recovered from Guillian-Barre syndrome. I want to know if it will affect me again?
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Recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome is not always quick. Many patients reach the point of greatest weakness or paralysis days or weeks after symptoms first occur. Symptoms then stablize at this level for either days, weeks and sometimes, months. The entire recovery period can be as short as a few weeks or as long as a few years. About 30% of patients with Guillain-Barre will still have some weakness after three years. Recurrence of Guillain-Barre is rare but about 3 percent of patients experience this. The risk of recurrence appears to be higher in patients that have a longer disease course, begin treatment at a later stage and have other associated medical conditions.
Last updated: 10/23/2012
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Guillain-Barre Syndrome Fact Sheet. August 19, 2011; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/gbs/detail_gbs.htm. Accessed 10/23/2012.
- Andary, M. et al. Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Medscape Reference. August 29, 2012; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/315632-overview#aw2aab6b2b5. Accessed 10/23/2012.