Guillain-Barre Syndrome

This is not a reportable condition.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system. Symptoms vary from person to person, but at first may include feeling numb or tingling in the legs. In many cases, weakness spreads to the arms and upper body. The weakness may increase until muscles cannot be used at all. It is not clear what causes the illness, but in about half of the cases, there is a recent history of viral or other infection.

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Last Reviewed: 5/4/2017