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Guillain-Barre Syndrome

From Diagnosis to Recovery




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"Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. Feelings of tingling and weakness increase in intensity until the muscles cannot be used at all and the patient is almost totally paralyzed. No one knows why Guillain-Barre strikes some people and not others, or what sets the disease in motion. What we do know is that GBS is now the most common cause of acute paralysis in Western countries since the virtual elimination of poliomyelitis with vaccination programs.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome, co-authored by a survivor of this illness, addresses all aspects of this condition, including initial symptoms, diagnostic evaluation and criteria, general and illness specific treatments, and typical outcomes. Fortunately, most GBS patients have a good recovery, but the pathway to this goal can be slow and scary. This book covers a wide range of issues including:

  • Features unique to GBS such as pain without injury and other abnormal sensations
  • Workplace adjustment with incomplete recovery
  • Intensive care unit management
  • Practical caregivers guidelines
  • The rehabilitation process
  • Sexual dysfunction, and much more

Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a comprehensive book, written in lay terms, covering everything from diagnosis to emotional issues. It is a book that stands alone.

This latest volume in the American Academy of Neurology Press Quality of Life Guide series is an essential tool for all individuals, families, and caregivers coping with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. "

Product Details

  • Publication Date February 15, 2007
  • Page Count 264
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603569

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Table of Contents

What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
How does GBS affect you?
How is GBS diagnosed
What causes GBS?
How is GBS treated?: Supportive Treatments in the Acute Care Hospital
How is GBS treated?: Supportive Care: Rehabilitation and coming home
How is GBS treated?: Long-term rehabilitation and coming home
How is GBS treated? Immunotherapy.
Life after GBS
Chronic immune-mediated poyneuropathies