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Tell me all you cana bout Guilain-Barret Syndrome

Guillain Barre syndrom (GBS) is a paralysing disease, affecting the limbs and sometimes respiration, which is thought to be an auto-immune disease. That means that the body produces antibodies that recognise one's own antigens, and degrade self-tissue, something that normally should not happen. The tissue that is degraded is the myellin around neurons, so that the nerves cannot pass neurological signals correctly. So although the disease is paralysing, the muscles are not affected but the nerves are.

The disease is thought to be caused by infections with certain viruses or bacteria, and that during that infection the 'wrong' antibodies are produced. The symptoms of GBS can start when the infection is already gone so then it becomes difficult to prove what was the cause. Who is at risk to get GBS (not every infected patient develops this syndrom) is not known at present. Of all GBS cases caused after a bacterial infection, most follow an enteritis caused by Campylobacter jejuni, especially a certain serotype (or serotypes) of C. jejuni.

the patients can be treated by dilution of their antibodies in their blood, and if necessary receive respiration. Most patients recover completely however 10 to 15% may suffer long-term effects. Without treatment GBS can be lethal.

Campylobacer jejuni infections are caused by contaminated food (especially poultry meat but not eggs) when this is not correctly heated, or by contaminated water or milk (unpasteurized). C. jejuni is a common cause of diarrhea but only specific serotypes are at risk for developing GBS, and these, fortunately, are relatively rare.

Trudy Wassenaar

Guilain Barret syndrome is also called radiculoneurithis. It is an infectious disease caused by a virus The main simptoms are muscular weakness, loss of reflexes, high amount of protein in the liquor. Usually there are no fever , or pain, but it is a very serious disease and at the first suspicion of the ilness one must look as soon as possible for medical care.

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