Guillain Barre Syndrome Complications

Early signs of Guillain Barre Syndrome are initial series of a headaches, fever, vomiting, back and lower limb pain that eventually turn into paralysis. In the first week patient experience numbness and tingling followed by complete weakness. Generally the paralysis is ascending though frequently it’s progressive and affects entire four limbs in short span of time.

The intensity of disease vary upon individuals, however there are few complications that occur during the Guillain Barre Syndrome like paralysis spreads towards pulmonary system causing respiratory failure and often patients are put on continuous ventilators for proper pulmonary function.

Approximately 30% of patients experience this fatal pulmonary complication. In few chronic Guillain Barre Syndrome cases people may lose muscle by constant paralysis. Possible triggering fatal complications may be severe weakness and relapse of muscles that happens even after 3-5 years of the initial Guillain Barre Syndrome attack. Several patients experience complications such as chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradicalneuropathy, previously it was also recognized as Guillain Barre Syndrome but now it’s identified as CIDP or chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradicalneuropathy. Statistics revealed that after all the intensive care, prompt medical support 5% of Guillain Barre Syndrome patients die. The overall stats show that 80% patients survives from the deadly affects of this acute nervous illness and recover completely or get slight inappropriate sensations like tingling or numbness even after years of first attack.

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