Guillain-Barre Syndrome Symptoms

Guillain-Barre syndrome symptoms can be very frightening and alarming when they begin to take root. Guillain-Barre syndrome symptoms indicate the presence of a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system and often occurs soon after symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. The disorder can also be triggered by a surgery or by vaccinations. Here are the most common and serious Guillain-Barre syndrome symptoms.

  1. Weakness or tingling in the legs. These Guillain-Barre syndrome symptoms often appear first and are a sign of the peripheral nervous system being attacked. Since many people often feel weakness or tingling in the legs, this Guillain-Barre syndrome symptom can go undetected, leading to further, worse Guillain-Barre syndrome symptoms.
  2. Weakness and abnormal sensations in the arms and upper body. Similar, more severe Guillain-Barre symptoms follow the weakness or tingling in the legs. These are further indications of the peripheral nervous system being attacked by the body's immune system. These are followed by the most severe symptoms of the disorder.
  3. Paralysis. This only occurs when the syndrome is very severe. When this most severe of Guillain-Barre symptoms occurs, patients are hooked up to a respirator and checked for other peripheral symptoms such as blood clots, infections and abnormal heartbeats.

Guillain-Barre syndrome symptoms are treated currently using plasma exchange and high-dose immunoglobulin therapy. The use of steroid hormones was thought to be a possible treatment, but has been found in clinical trials to possibly have even a bad effect on the treatment of the disorder.

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