|Name||Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)|
|Related to/Also known as||Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (AIDP)
|Symptoms of GBS
||GBS is an inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nerves - those outside the brain and spinal cord. It is characterised by the rapid onset of muscle weakness and loss of sensation, and in serious cases can lead to paralysis of the legs, arms, breathing muscles and face. Recovery usually begins within 2-3 weeks, and only a minority of cases have long-lasting problems.|
|Types||CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy) is a similar, but longer lasting condition.|
|Useful national contacts||Gain (Guillain-Barré & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies)
Helpline: 0800 374 803
• Find a support group near you: http://tinyurl.com/y37c2z7g
|News and events||Statement from MHRA on flu vaccinations (December 2018)
"Suggestions that flu vaccines may cause GBS can be pinpointed to a very specific type of vaccine given to patients in the USA in 1976. The vaccine was not used in any other countries and a theory was that this risk was due to a contaminant in that particular type of vaccine."
|Online resources||Guillain-Barré Syndrome (NHS Choices)
Guillain-Barré Syndrome (Facial Palsy UK)
Guillain-Barré syndrome (Contact a Family)
The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and on a wide range of disability-related issues.
Or visit our library to pick up one of our copies of the GAIN charity's leaflets.