Guillain-Barre syndrome is a serious disorder that occurs when the body's defense (immune) system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system. This leads to nerve inflammation that causes muscle weakness and other symptoms.
Symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome include:
- Numbness or tingling in your hands and feet and sometimes around the mouth and lips.
- Muscle weakness in your legs and arms and the sides of your face.
- Trouble speaking, chewing, and swallowing.
- Not being able to move your eyes.
- Back pain.
You may need to be treated in the hospital for the first few weeks. This is because GBS can be deadly if weakness spreads to muscles that control breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Signs and tests
A history of increasing muscle weakness and paralysis may be a sign of Guillain-Barre syndrome, especially if there was a recent illness.
A medical exam may show muscle weakness and problems with involuntary (autonomic) body functions, such as blood pressure and heart rate. The examination will also show that reflexes, such as the "ankle or knee jerk," are decreased or missing.
There may be signs of decreased breathing caused by paralysis of the breathing muscles.
The following tests may be ordered:
- Cerebrospinal fluid sample ("spinal tap")
- Electromyography (EMG) tests the electrical activity in muscles
- Nerve conduction velocity test
- Pulmonary function tests
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R /: muscle paralysis can occur quickly with a pattern that has been rising.
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R /: To identify patients in need of ADL ability.
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R /: Identifying early signs of pressure sores.
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R /: inadequate nutrition reduce the risk of pressure sores.
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R /: Preventing atrophy.