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What is Miller Fisher Syndrome?

What is Miller Fisher Syndrome?

  • Miller Fisher Syndrome: Autoimmune nerve condition.
  • Miller Fisher Syndrome: A variant of the GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME characterized by the acute onset of oculomotor dysfunction, ataxia, and loss of deep tendon reflexes with relative sparing of strength in the extremities and trunk. The ataxia is produced by peripheral sensory nerve dysfunction and not by cerebellar injury. Facial weakness and sensory loss may also occur. The process is mediated by autoantibodies directed against a component of myelin found in peripheral nerves. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1313; Neurology 1987 Sep;37(9):1493-8)
    Source - Diseases Database

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Miller Fisher Syndrome as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Miller Fisher Syndrome: Introduction

Types of Miller Fisher Syndrome:

Broader types of Miller Fisher Syndrome:

How many people get Miller Fisher Syndrome?

Prevalance of Miller Fisher Syndrome: rare

How serious is Miller Fisher Syndrome?

Complications of Miller Fisher Syndrome: see complications of Miller Fisher Syndrome
Prognosis of Miller Fisher Syndrome: The prognosis for most individuals with Miller Fisher syndrome is good. In most cases, recovery begins within 2 to 4 weeks of the onset of symptoms, and may be almost complete within 6 months. Some individuals are left with residual deficits. Very rarely (in less than 3 percent of cases) relapses may occur. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Miller Fisher Syndrome Information Page: NINDS)

What causes Miller Fisher Syndrome?

Causes of Miller Fisher Syndrome: see causes of Miller Fisher Syndrome

What are the symptoms of Miller Fisher Syndrome?

Symptoms of Miller Fisher Syndrome: see symptoms of Miller Fisher Syndrome

Complications of Miller Fisher Syndrome: see complications of Miller Fisher Syndrome

Can anyone else get Miller Fisher Syndrome?

Contagion of autoimmunity: generally not; see details in contagion of autoimmune diseases.

Miller Fisher Syndrome: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Miller Fisher Syndrome.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Miller Fisher Syndrome.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Miller Fisher Syndrome: Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Miller Fisher Syndrome.
Treatments for Miller Fisher Syndrome: see treatments for Miller Fisher Syndrome
Research for Miller Fisher Syndrome: see research for Miller Fisher Syndrome

Organs Affected by Miller Fisher Syndrome:

Organs and body systems related to Miller Fisher Syndrome include:

Name and Aliases of Miller Fisher Syndrome

Main name of condition: Miller Fisher Syndrome

Class of Condition for Miller Fisher Syndrome: autoimmune

Other names or spellings for Miller Fisher Syndrome:

Fisher Syndrome

Miller Fisher Syndrome: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Miller Fisher Syndrome:


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