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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 of the most common forms of chronic polyneuropathy is caused by diabetes. Although rare, Guillain-Barre is one of the more common types of acute neuropathies.

Guillain Barre Syndrome is an autoimmune condition which rapidly (over the course of 2-3 weeks) affects the peripheral nerves resulting in numbness and weakness.  There are many conditions which can cause similar symptoms and incude:
1.  Myelitis - Inflammation or infection of the spinal cord
2.  Certain infections such as Lyme disease or West Nile Virus
3.  Toxin exposure such as botulism and heavy metal toxicity

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a rare condition in which your immune system attacks your nervous system. The first symptoms involve weakness and tingling in your legs. These symptoms can become so bad that you can't use your mus...

cles at all. There is no known cure for GBS but there are therapies that can help you to recover and deal with any complications. You can recover totally or you may have some lingering symptoms for as much as a few years. If someone with GBS becomes totally paralyzed it should be considered a medical emergency.
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