How long does someone with Guillain-Barre syndrome live?

Guillain-Barre syndrome is an aggressive disease that requires immediate medical attention to monitor progress. In the most acute phase, numbness can spread to the muscles near the lungs and heart and can lead to paralysis. If treatment is begun early, the risk of complications decreases. Less than 1% of people with Guillain-Barre syndrome experience complications, and even fewer die. Once Guillain-Barre syndrome goes into remission, life-expectancy doesn't seem to be affected.

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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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