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A clinically heterogeneous spectrum of rare post-infectious neuropathies that usually occur in otherwise healthy patients and encompasses acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP), acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN) and acute motor-sensory axonal neuropathy (AMSAN), Miller-Fisher syndrome (MFS) and some other regional variants.
ORPHA:2103Classification level: Group of disorders
The overall annual incidence of GBS varies between 1/91,000 and 1/55,000. In Europe and North America, AIDP is the most frequent form of GBS (accounting for around 90% of cases) and thus the term GBS in general is synonymous with AIDP in Western countries. The axonal forms account for only 3-5% of cases in Western countries but are much more frequent (30%-50% of GBS cases) in Asia and Latin America.
In the majority of cases, an infectious disease precedes the onset of limb weakness with Campylobacter jejuni infection being the most frequently identified initiating event. GBS has also been reported to occur after vaccination or following a surgical intervention.
Management and treatment
Treatment consists of rapid administration of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) or plasma exchange (PE). Physiotherapy and rehabilitation are also important.
The prognosis is variable depending on the form of GBS and ranges from patients with complete recovery, to those who are unable to walk 6 months after disease onset, and to patients in whom the disease has a fatal outcome.
A summary on this disease is available in Deutsch (2009) Español (2009) Français (2009) Italiano (2009) Nederlands (2009) Português (2009) Slovak (2009, pdf) Greek (2009, pdf)
- Article for general public
- Français (2007, pdf) - Orphanet
- Deutsch (2014, pdf) - ACHSE
- Clinical practice guidelines
- Deutsch (2012) - AWMF
- Français (2021) - PNDS
Disease review articles
- Review article
- English (2008, pdf) - Thieme
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