Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
- Q What causes Guillain-Barre syndrome?
Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune disease, and doctors are not entirely sure what causes it. For some reason, the immune system begins to attack its own nerves as if they were a threat. In some cases, people with Guillain-Barre syndrome will first... Full Answer
- Q What is Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)?
Guillain-Barre syndrome is a fairly uncommon disorder in which the lining, or myelin sheath, that surrounds the nerves is attacked by the immune system. Guillain-Barre usually begins with numbness, tingling and weakness in the arms and legs. The feelings... Full Answer
- Q What are the treatment options for Guillain-Barre syndrome?
Because the symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome progress so fast, the first step in treating Guillain-Barre is to stabilize the patient. Once the immediate emergency has been taken care of, there are two possible treatments. The first, plasmapheresis,... Full Answer
- Q Are there other diseases similar to Guillain-Barre syndrome?
Guillain-Barre syndrome is one of several kinds of polyneuropathy. Polyneuropathy is when many of the nerves in the body malfunction simultaneously. Polyneuropathy may be chronic, taking months or even years to develop, or acute, coming on suddenly. One... Full Answer
- Q Does Guillain-Barre syndrome affect men and women differently?
Guillain-Barre syndrome affects every individual differently, with different levels of severity. There is no evidence that the disease consistently affects men and women differently. The causes of the disease and why it progresses differently in... Full Answer
- Q How is Guillain-Barre syndrome diagnosed?
The symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome are similar to those of other disorders affecting the nerves, so diagnosis is sometimes difficult. Your doctor will want to get your medical history to clarify the extent of your symptoms. A nerve function test and... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome?
Symptoms for Guillain-Barre syndrome may begin subtlety with a prickly or tingly feeling in your fingers and toes. However, the symptoms will begin to spread throughout the body in a relatively short amount of time. Eventually, people experience weakness... Full Answer