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Causes of Guillain-Barre Syndrome

List of causes of Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Guillain-Barre Syndrome) that could possibly cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome includes:

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender of Patients for Guillain-Barre Syndrome: Equally men and women....more »

Guillain-Barre Syndrome: Geographical Location Profile

Geographical Profile for Guillain-Barre Syndrome: It is more common in Japan and China than in North America or Europe (Source: excerpt from NIAID Guillain Barre Fact Sheet: NIAID) ...more »

Guillain-Barre Syndrome: Related Medical Conditions

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Guillain-Barre Syndrome: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Guillain-Barre Syndrome:

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Guillain-Barre Syndrome as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Our database lists the following as having Guillain-Barre Syndrome as a complication of that condition:

Medications or substances causing Guillain-Barre Syndrome:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Guillain-Barre Syndrome as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

What causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome?

Causes: Guillain-Barre Syndrome:

NINDS Guillain-Barre Syndrome Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Usually Guillain-Barré occurs a few days or weeks after the patient has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally, surgery or vaccinations will trigger the syndrome. The disorder can develop over the course of hours or days, or it may take up to 3 to 4 weeks. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Guillain-Barre Syndrome Information Page: NINDS)

NIAID Guillain Barre Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

GBS can probably result following a number of bacterial and viral infections. Campylobacter jejuni induced diarrheal disease is most often recognized as the precedent infection. (Source: excerpt from NIAID Guillain Barre Fact Sheet: NIAID)
Article excerpts about the causes of Guillain-Barre Syndrome:

NIAID Guillain Barre Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

In about two-thirds of cases, GBS is preceded a few days or weeks by a mild respiratory or intestinal infection. The organism most commonly proven to be associated with the development of GBS is Campylobacter jejuni. C. jejuni has become the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the developed world and is often acquired by ingestion of infected poultry products. GBS is thought to arise as a result of the production of antibody to bacterial sugar-containing surface antigen(s) that, due to molecular mimicry, cross-react with the myelin sheath and the axons of nerve cells. The ganglioside GM1 on nerve fibers seems to be a target for these antibodies, although other gangliosides may also be involved. Antibody and/or cell mediated immune reactions are believed to produce degeneration of the nerve or interruption of neurotransmission. (Source: excerpt from NIAID Guillain Barre Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Guillain-Barre Syndrome: NWHIC (Excerpt)

No one yet knows why Guillain-Barre strikes some people and not others. Nor does anyone know exactly what triggers the disease. What scientists do know is that the body’s immune system goes awry and instead of attacking only foreign material and invading organisms, it begins to destroy the myelin sheath that surrounds the axons of many peripheral nerves. The myelin sheath speeds up the transmission of nerve signals. As this protective sheath disappears, signals slow and senses (heat, pain) decrease. (Source: excerpt from Guillain-Barre Syndrome: NWHIC)

What triggers Guillain-Barre Syndrome?

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