Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Guillain-Barré Syndrome

  • Khan FaryEmail author
  • Louisa Ng
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_554


Acute febrile polyneuritis; Acute infective polyneuritis; Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP); Idiopathic polyneuritis; Landry-Guillain-Barré syndrome; Landry-Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome

Short Description or Definition

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a monophasic illness of immune etiology that presents as an evolving sensorimotor polyneuropathy of varying severity as a result of an inflammation of the peripheral nerves and nerve roots. GBS is a major cause of acute ascending neuromuscular paralysis and is often associated with autonomic dysfunction.


GBS is recognized as a heterogeneous syndrome with several variant forms (see Table 1). The commonest type of GBS is AIDP. Axonal subtypes include acute motor axonal neuropathy and acute motor and sensory axonal neuropathy. Variants include Miller Fisher syndrome (cranial nerve involvement, ataxia) and acute pan-dysautonomia.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Table 1

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne HospitalParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineRoyal Melbourne HospitalParkvilleAustralia