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Guillain-Barre Syndrome is an autoimmune disease where myelin is attacked which prevents nerve signal transmission. This leads to muscle weakness or paralysis and can be life threatening if heart muscles or lung muscles are affected. It appears to occur soon after infection. Symptoms include tingling and numbness in fingers and toes followed by progressive limb weakness then paralysis. ¼ of cases results in ventilator requirement as paralysis affects the chest.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by BBC News
About: Guillain-Barre syndrome can have lethal consequences
Date: 5 December 2001
Source: BBC News
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