Guillian barre syndrome :- Is it caused by Covid-19?

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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.

Read on further to find it.

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
  • hepatitis
  • any kind of trauma
  • post surgery complications
  • Mainly Infected by the camplobacter , found in undercooked poultry .
  • COVID-19

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:-

3- Electromyography

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 :-

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