What is GuillainBarré disease?
GUILLAIN-BARRÉ syndrome is a rare but serious autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy nerve cells in your peripheral nervous system. This leads to weakness, numbness and tingling. It can eventually cause paralysis. The cause of this condition is unknown, but it’s typically triggered by an infectious illness.
The precise cause of Guillain-Barré is unknown.
The nerves in your peripheral nervous system connect your brain to the rest of your body and transmit signals to your muscles. In GuillainBarré syndrome, the peripheral nervous system is attacked and the muscles won’t be able to respond to signals they receive from your brain if these nerves are damaged. The symptoms can progress very rapidly.
According to information on the UK National Health Service website: ‘Most people eventually make a full recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome, but this can take a long time and some people have longterm problems. But the vast majority of people recover within a year.’