Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS): An Overview
Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a somewhat rare disorder in which a body’s immune system attacks its own nerves. Weakness and numbness in the extremities are usually the first symptoms, which can quickly spread and eventually paralyze an individual’s entire body. In its most severe form, GBS is a medical emergency requiring hospitalization. Although the underlying pathophysiology of GBS is not completely understood, it is widely believed that immune stimulation plays a role in its pathogenesis.
What causes GBS?
All forms of Guillain-Barré syndrome are due to an immune response to foreign antigens (such as infectious agents) that is mistargeted at host nerve tissues instead. The targets of such attacks are thought to be gangliosides, compounds naturally present in large quantities in human nerve tissues. At this point, 60% of GBS occurrences do not have a known cause, although recent studies suggest that some cases are triggered by the influenza virus, or by an immune reaction to the influenza virus.
What are the long term risks for Guillain-Barré Syndrome?
GBS can be a devastating disorder because of its sudden and unexpected onset. Those affected by GBS face not only physical difficulties, but emotionally painful periods as well. It is often difficult for patients to adjust to sudden paralysis and dependence on others for help with routine daily activities. Patients sometimes need psychological counseling to help them adapt.
Important Information about Vaccine-Induced GBS
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