Guillain-Barre syndrome

Guillain-Barre syndrome, sometimes called Landry's paralysis is a disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness beginning in the feet and hands and migrating towards the trunk, is the most typical symptom.

60% of cases do not have a known cause. One study suggests that a minority of cases may be triggered by the influenza virus, or by an immune reaction to the influenza virus. Guillain–BarrĂ© syndrome is rare, at 1–2 cases per 100,000 people annually, but is one of the leading causes of acute non-trauma-related paralysis in the world.

Signs and symptoms: the Signs and symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome is characterized by symmetrical weakness which usually affects the lower limbs first, and rapidly progresses in an ascending fashion. Patients generally notice weakness in their legs, manifesting as "rubbery legs" or legs that tend to buckle, with or without dysesthesias (numbness or tingling). As the weakness progresses upward, usually over periods of hours to days, the arms and facial muscles also become affected.

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