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Guillain Barre Syndrome

Guillain Barre Syndrome, or GBS, is an autoimmune disease that causes a weakening and progressive loss of feeling in the body that can quickly develop into paralysis. Guillain-Barre Syndrome is more common in men than women and can develop at any age although the most common ages of onset are between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five or between fifty and seventy. Guillain-Barre Syndrome strikes one in 100,000 people and is fatal in 5-10% of the cases. 80% of the people who suffer from Guillain Barre Syndrome start to see symptoms five days to three weeks after a surgery, vaccine, or infection that affects the myelin cover around nerves. The nerves become inflamed resulting in nerve damage that makes proper response to brain signals difficult for muscles.

Symptoms of Guillain Barre Syndrome

Guillain-Barre Syndrome begins with weakness in the legs that spreads up the torso and develops into a tingling or numbness in the limbs. In the severe cases, this leads to full paralysis and difficulty speaking or swallowing. If the diaphragm is affected, it can cause difficulty breathing.

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