What Is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a rare neurological condition in which the body's immune system attacks its own peripheral nervous system, causing damage to the network of nerves connecting the brain and spinal cord. The effects of GBS can range from mild temporary weakness to debilitating paralysis, sometimes limiting a person's ability to breathe on their own. GBS can affect anyone at any age, though it is more common in adults and elderly people.
Treatment for Guillain-Barre Syndrome
There is no known cure for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, though its duration and severity can be lessened with certain therapies. Most GBS cases require hospitalization and intensive care due to the condition's high potential for complications. Acute cases of GBS are typically treated with either plasma exchange therapy or high-dose immunoglobulin therapy, both of which are most effective if started within two weeks of the onset of symptoms. Anti-inflammatory steroids are sometimes prescribed for GBS, however, clinical trials have shown that this treatment is ineffective.
Can a Flu Shot Cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
Comprehensive studies performed by the CDC suggest that there could be a link between Guillain-Barre syndrome and the flu shot. If you received the flu vaccine and developed GBS shortly after, your condition may have been caused by the shot. However, vaccines are not the only cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome. It is important to seek the opinion of a trusted medical professional and to discuss your situation during a free consultation with our legal team. We can review your case and determine if you may have grounds for a claim.
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