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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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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