Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is an acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP),


Guillain-Barre Syndrom is an autoimmune disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system

It is usually triggered by an acute infectious process.

Two-thirds of all cases occur after a viral infection.


  • weakness
  • numbness
  • tingling
  • increased sensitivity that spreads over the body
  • Muscle paralysis that starts in the feet and legs and moves upwards to the arms and hands.
  • Guillain-Barré Sign –Plantar flexion and fanning of the toes when the heel is tapped, similar in meaning to Babinski sign. indicative of neurological damage.

Medical Neurological Glossary.  Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Retrieved September 3, 2009 from


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