• Guillain-Barre syndrome: Important Fact You Must Know | Treatment Duration | Symptoms & More

    Last updated on April 20th, 2018

    Just like Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome is an auto-immune disease that uses the white blood cells to act on and destroy the bodies immune system by turning the white blood cells against the body.

    The main cause of GBS is yet to be discovered for now the only known fact about this rare medical condition are;
    Guillain-Barre syndrome has been linked to the ZIKA Virus(ZIKV) of recent, research has shown that in ZIKA affected countries, they’ve been an increase in the number of people who now have Guillain-Barre syndrome.
    It makes the immune system in the body to attack the nerves which therefore leads to Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS) and (Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy AIDP). Patient then experience muscle weakness and paralysis.
    GBS Symptoms.
    People suffering from GBS initially may feel any of the symptoms below for weeks or months. Its highly advice to seek medical help if you or loved one experiencing any the symptoms listed below.
    – Stinging sensation in their leg region and wrists.
    – Weakness in Muscles (arms and legs).
    – Patient sometime experience pain with facial movement
    – May experience difficulties in breathing later.
    Cure and Treatment for Guillain-Barre syndrome
    Health Research are still working on a cure for Guillain-Barre syndrome, however doctor have discovered that Plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) and Immunoglobulin therapy are forms of treatment that have proven to be successful in boosting rate of recovery.
    GBS Recovery and Fatality Rate

    The percentage of GBS recovery is higher than death rate cause by the medical condition. The recovery is a gradual process, patients who are fortunate to fully recover from Guillain-Barre syndrome can take up to 1 – 3 years to do so.

    Source: Health Afriq

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