In addition to C jejuni and cytomegalovirus (CMV), which infectious agents are etiologic factors in Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)?

Updated: May 04, 2018
  • Author: Michael T Andary, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Other significant, although less frequently identified, infectious agents in GBS patients include Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and varicella-zoster virus. [29] An association between GBS and acute human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection also is well recognized. [8, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34]

Infections with Haemophilus influenzae, Borrelia burgdorferi, para-influenza virus type 1, influenza A virus, influenza B virus, adenovirus, and herpes simplex virus have been demonstrated in patients with GBS, although not more frequently than they have in controls. [35]

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