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Does Guillain-Barre syndrome run in families?

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) is not a herditary condition however certain families are predisposed to developing autoimmune conditions such as GBS.  Thus while a family history of GBS does not mean you will develop it, however it may slightly increase your risk of doing so.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is an acute autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the lining of the nerves. Guillain-Barre syndrome is not hereditary and you cannot catch it from someone else. No one knows what causes the disease, but it does not appear to run in families.

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