Volume 7, Issue 12: Guillain-Barré SyndromeAuthor: Melinda (Dolly) McPherson
Guillain-Barré Syndrome – taking your breath away!
It’s a Sunday and you have just cleared at hospital after queuing for what seemed like hours when a 111 green call comes in, ‘27 year old female with leg pains and numbness’ – should be fairly straightforward you think. When you arrive and examine the patient her symptoms and history are very puzzling, you suspect a neurological condition but are unsure what it is or how urgently it requires investigation…
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a rare condition characterised by progressive and rapid neuropathy and paralysis. The main symptoms of GBS are numbness, weakness and pain but diagnosis takes place in hospital after careful consideration of multiple examination findings and test results.
This issue provides guidance on pre-hospital management which is primarily aimed at recognition and symptom support. Early recognition can ensure appropriate in-hospital support and treatment, which may improve final functional outcomes. Early pain management, as well as empathy and reassurance, can have a profound effect on the patient’s overall experience.
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