Zika Virus and GBS
CDC Research suggests that Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is strongly associated with the Zika virus. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness, and sometimes, paralysis. Several countries that have experienced Zika outbreaks recently have reported increases in people who […]
How is GBS treated?
GBS treatment takes a variegated approach GBS in its early stages is unpredictable, so except in very mild cases, most newly diagnosed patients are hospitalized. Usually, a new case of GBS is admitted to ICU (Intensive Care) to monitor breathing and other body functions until the disease is stabilized. Plasma exchange (a blood “cleansing” procedure) […]
How is GBS diagnosed?
How is GBS or Guillain-Barré syndrome diagnosed? Guillain-Barré is called a syndrome rather than a disease because it is not clear that a specific disease-causing agent is involved. A syndrome is a medical condition characterized by a collection of symptoms (what the patient feels) and signs (what a doctor can observe or measure). The signs […]
What Causes GBS? GBS Is Not Contagious
We don’t know exactly what causes GBS but we know its not contagious! No one yet knows why Guillain-Barré — which is not contagious — strikes some people and not others. Nor does anyone know exactly what sets the disease in motion. What scientists do know is that the body’s immune system begins to attack […]
What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?
Know Guillain-Barre Syndrome Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances the symmetrical weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These […]