Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a very rare disease.
Mainly attacks the immune system .
Caused is unknown and permanent treatment is still not available .
Generally caused by Viral or bacterial infection or Zika Virus.
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Is GBS related to Covid -19 ?
Till now 12 Patients have been reported related to Guillian Barre Syndrome .- according to 1 report.
Mortality Rate of Guillian Barre Syndrome?
Although most people recover from Guillain-Barre syndrome, the mortality rate is 4% to 7%.
Between 60-80% of people are able to walk at six months.
Patients may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue.
Signs and Symptoms of GBS ?
1- pricling, tingling like sensation, pins like sensation in extrimities.
2- weakness in first , then both the legs.
3- Double Vision or inability to move eyes.
4- Unable to walk, Or climb stairs.
5-Rapid Heart Rate
6- Difficulty in Breathing
7- Altering Blood Pressure
Types of GBS?
There are predominantly these many types of Guillian Barre syndrome.
1-Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP) type
2- Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS) – basically occuring in eyes.
3- Acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN) and acute motor-sensory axonal neuropathy (AMSAN)
Risk Factors ?
There are many risk factors of Guillian Barre syndrome . .
- Zika Virus
- any kind of trauma
- post surgery complications
- Mainly Infected by the camplobacter , found in undercooked poultry .
Diagnosis of Guillian Barre Syndrome ?
These 3 tests are done to rule out in Guillian Barre Syndrome.
1- Spinal tap ( lumbar puncture) :-
Small amount of cerebro-spinal fluid is taken from the lumbar spine .
2- Nerve conduction tests:-
Treatment for This Syndrome ?
There are basically 2 types of treatment for this :-
1- Immunoglobulin therapy:-
Generally the antibodies from healthy Individuals are taken And given to patients Intravenously.
2- Plasma Exchange :-
Also called the plasmapheresis.
Plasma is removed Initially, which was attacking the immune system .
Then the blood cells are re transmitted into the body which makes more plasma than intially .
Also read about :- Post Covid Nutrition
Cases of GBS along with Covid-19 ?
And yes there has been cases where a man had episodic attacks of GBS post Covid-19.
And a woman too had this same GBS along with Covid -19 .
Do read the articles below to find it out :-