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Guillain-Barré syndrome

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Introduction
Guillain-Barré (pronounced ghee-lan bar-ray) syndrome is a rare but serious condition of the peripheral nervous system.
Symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome
The symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome can develop very quickly, over a few hours. The muscle weakness often gets steadily worse over the course of a few days.
Causes of Guillain-Barré syndrome
Guillain-Barré syndrome is an autoimmune condition (where the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissue). It is not known what causes the immune system to do this.
Diagnosing Guillain-Barré syndrome
Your GP may be able to diagnose Guillain-Barré syndrome from your symptoms and by carrying out an examination.
Treating Guillain-Barré syndrome
There is no cure for Guillain-Barré syndrome. However, there are a number of treatments that can help reduce your symptoms and speed up your recovery.
Recovering from Guillain-Barré syndrome
Most people (eight out of 10) with Guillain-Barré syndrome make a full recovery. It often takes a few weeks to recover, but some people will need to spend several months in hospital.
Complications of Guillain-Barré syndrome
It is estimated that one or two people in every 10 will not recover completely from Guillain-Barré syndrome.