Pediatric Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Guillain-Barre syndrome causes the body’s immune system to attack the nerves, which can eventually lead to paralysis throughout the body.
Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. Over time, the whole body can be paralyzed due to this condition. In advanced cases, this syndrome is a medical emergency.
Experts have not determined the cause of this syndrome. However, it is often preceded by an infectious illness, such as a respiratory infection or the stomach flu.
Signs and symptoms of this disorder can include:
- Ache or cramp-like pain that may worsen at night
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty walking or inability to walk or climb stairs
- Difficulty with eye or facial movements
- Difficulty with speaking, chewing or swallowing
- Low or high blood pressure
- “Pins and needles” sensations in the fingers, toes, ankles or wrists
- Rapid heart rate
- Weakness in the legs that spreads to the upper body