Guillain-Barr (pronounced ghee-yan bar-ray) syndrome is a very rare and serious condition that affects the nerves.
It mainly affects the feet, hands and limbs, causing problems such as numbness, weakness and pain.
It can be treated and most people will eventually make a full recovery, althoughit can occasionally be life-threatening and some people are left with long-term problems.
Guillain-Barr syndrome affects people of all ages, but your chances of getting it increase as you get older.
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Symptoms often start in your feet and hands before spreading to your arms and legs.
At first you may have:
These symptoms may continue to get worse over the next few days or weeks before they start toslowly improve. In severe cases, you may have difficulty moving, walking, breathing and/or swallowing.
But in people withGuillain-Barr syndrome, something goes wrong and it mistakenly attacks and damagesthe nerves.
It's not clear exactly why this happens, but it can be triggered by:
Overall, around 1 in 20 cases is fatal.
Find out about Guillain-Barr syndrome, including what the symptoms are, why it happens and how it's treated.
Find out about the main symptoms of Guillain-Barr syndrome and when to get medical advice.
Find out what happens in Guillain-Barr syndrome and what can trigger it.
Find out about the tests that may need to be done to diagnose Guillain-Barr syndrome.
Find out about the main treatments for Guillain-Barr syndrome.
Find out about recovering from Guillain-Barr syndrome, including what problems can occur and what support may be needed.