Gullian Barre Syndrome Symptoms, Treatment

Gullian barre syndrome is a highly serious disease that happens when the immune system attacks the nervous system by mistake. This leads to nerve inflammation that causes bone inflammation as a result.

Gullian barre syndrome- symptoms

Gullian barre syndrome gets stronger very quickly, meaning the weakness in the bone takes only a few hours to a few days. Also included in the symptoms:

  • Loss off reflexes
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weakness in the legs then arms or both at the same time
  • Numbness
  • Uncoordinated movement

Emergency symptoms, which need immediate medical advice:

  • stopped breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty taking a deep breath
  • Fainting 
  • Drooling
  • Dizziness
  • Paralysis affects both sides of the body, and usually starts in the legs and quickly works its way up.

Gullian barre syndrome – causes

It is unknown what it is that triggers gullian barre syndrome but it is common in most people around the age of 50, will usually follow some other infection and any signs of it have usually disappeared at the time of diagnosis. Gullian barre syndrome may also come from aids, mononucleosis, and herpes simplex. It has been known to follow Hodgkin’s disease also. 

Gullian barre syndrome – treatment

There are treatments available to assist in reducing the complications and symptoms of gullian barre syndrome, antibodies are one option to help treat complications and maybe reduce the symptoms. If gullian barre syndrome sufferer were in a critical stage the patient would need to go to the hospital as soon as possible.

This would be because they would need help from breathing apparatus. Another method that is used to remove antibodies from the blood is called plasmapheresis. This involves taking blood from the body putting it through a filter type machine that removes the antibodies and then pumps it back into your body.

In addition, an option is to block the antibodies using immunoglobulin therapy, the immunoglobulin are added to the body in large doses to block the antibodies that are causing the inflation. Most people survive from gullian barre syndrome; the recovery period however can take anything from a few weeks to a few years.

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