Is Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) more common in certain age groups?

Updated: May 04, 2018
  • Author: Michael T Andary, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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GBS has been reported in all age groups, with the syndrome occurring at any time between infancy and old age. In the United States, the syndrome's age distribution seems to be bimodal, with a first peak in young adulthood (ages 15-35 y) and a second, higher one in middle-aged and elderly persons (ages 50-75 y). Infants appear to have the lowest risk of developing GBS. [72]


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