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Other Names for this Disease
- Acute autoimmune peripheral neuropathy
- Acute immune-mediated polyneuropathy
- Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy
- Acute inflammatory neuropathy
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Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. Symptoms of this disorder include muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations, which can increase in intensity until the muscles cannot be used at all. Usually Guillain-Barre syndrome occurs a few days or weeks after a person has had symptoms of a viral infection. Occasionally, surgery or vaccinations will trigger the syndrome. It remains unclear why only some people develop Guillain-Barre syndrome. Most patients recover completely, although some continue to have some degree of weakness.
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Web site. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/gbs/detail_gbs.htm. Accessed November 2, 2009.
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