How is Guillain-Barre syndrome diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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 a spinal tap can confirm the diagnosis. In the spinal tap, a small amount of fluid will be drawn to test for evidence of Guillain-Barre syndrome. Nerve tests determine how your muscles respond to electrical stimuli and if your muscle weakness is the result of nerve damage.

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