How common is pain 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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In a prospective, longitudinal study of pain in patients with GBS, 89% of patients reported pain that was attributable to GBS at some time during their illness. On initial presentation, almost 50% of patients described the pain as severe and distressing. The mechanism of pain is uncertain and may be a product of several factors. Pain can result from direct nerve injury or from the paralysis and prolonged immobilization.


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