Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare condition where your body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nerves (the nerves connecting the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body). While symptoms can progress rapidly, leading to life-threatening circumstances, many patients who seek treatment experience a full recovery.
At Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute, our expert neuromuscular specialists are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating Guillain-Barré syndrome. Our comprehensive diagnosis and effective treatments offer the best chance of a full recovery.
Symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome range from mild to severe. Because severe symptoms can be a medical emergency, call your physician immediately if you suspect you have Guillain Barré syndrome.
Common symptoms include:
We will perform a complete neurological examination and discuss your symptoms. Because symptoms of Guillain-Barré can mimic those of other nervous system problems, we may order one or more of these tests:
While there is no cure for Guillain-Barré syndrome, our neuromuscular experts are skilled in diagnosing this condition early, when it is easier to treat. We provide therapies that lessen symptom severity and help speed recovery. We are also experienced in treating complications from the disease.
Treatment options include: