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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is GBS?

Guillain-Barré is a rare, immune system disorder in which a person's own immune system damages the nerves. GBS can cause symptoms lasting for few weeks to several years.

Symptoms of GBS

  • Common cold or stomach flu symptoms before the fever appeared

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

  • Weakness on one side of the body

  • Difficulty standing up from sitting position

  • Hands and legs became clumsy - I cannot do fine work with them

  • Unable to move my face

  • Numbness or tingling in the toes

  • Numbness of the face or mouth

Questions your doctor may ask to check for GBS

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose GBS

  • Did you experience any common cold or stomach flu symptoms before your current fever appeared?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

  • Are you unable to move the left or right side of your body?

  • Do you have difficulty in getting up from a chair on your own?

  • Do you feel that it is harder to move your limbs or that you are more clumsy recently?

Treatment for GBS

GBS has no known cure, however treatment options are available to relieve symptoms and reduce the duration of the condition. Treatment involves injection of immunoglobulins which gives the body antibodies required to fight diseases and other therapies. Most people recover fully, while some can have permanent nerve damage and the death rate ranges from 4% to 7%

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