Guillain Barré syndrome – pronounced GEE-Yan Buh-RAY – is a rare condition in which your immune system attacks your nerves. Although several types of the condition occur, in the India, Guillain Barré syndrome (GBS) most often affects the peripheral nerves that connect your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body.
The first symptom is usually weakness or a tingling feeling in your legs that gradually spreads to your upper body.
While we don’t know exactly, GBS is thought to be triggered by different viruses, including recent respiratory infections or stomach virus, and less often post-surgery. Experts are studying whether the recent outbreaks of GBS in the India.
It’s often difficult to detect GBS in its earliest stages. In addition to signs and symptoms and how a patient feels, doctors will often do a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) and electrical muscle and nerve tests to diagnose GBS.
Yes, most people will make a full recovery, though some may continue to have lingering weakness, numbness or fatigue. In some cases, GBS can lead to irreversible neurological damage, including permanent loss of function or paralysis. The main treatments are IV immunoglobulin therapy and plasma exchange, often coupled with physical therapy to regain strength and movement.
Usually, if the onset of GBS is very fast, recovery is slower, sometime up to one year or more; whereas if the onset is slower, recovery tends to be quicker. Access to immediate and specialized acute and intensive hospital-based and outpatient rehabilitative care is critical, especially for the most severe cases.
“It is a highly complex disorder that requires out-of-the-box thinking, access to medical experts and a suite of comprehensive resources.”– Ford Vox, M.D., rehabilitation physician at KSNR.
KSNR is uniquely equipped to handle even the most severe cases of GBS. Unlike other rehabilitation settings, KSNR can take patients sooner – even while they are still on a ventilator. The goal is to get patients moving at the earliest opportunity. Our doctors can also rapidly respond when a patient declines by providing repeat immunomodulatory treatments. This means patients receive timely acute medical management without disrupting important strides made in therapy. Up to 5 percent of patients will relapse, usually within the first two months.
Patients have access to a full team of rehabilitation and medical professionals including pulmonologists, physiatrists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, pain specialists, and psychologists.
Our GBS program provides you with: