Does an atypical presentation of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) increase the risk of misdiagnosis?

Updated: May 04, 2018
  • Author: Michael T Andary, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Some patients with atypical presentation, incomplete weakness, and some inconsistencies in their physical examination are frequently diagnosed as having a psychological reaction or hysteria, and the diagnosis is very difficult. They are frequently sent home from the emergency department and then return with persistent or progressive symptoms hours to days later.


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