What are typical respiratory symptoms in Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)?

Updated: Jun 24, 2020
  • Author: Michael T Andary, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Upon presentation, 40% of patients have respiratory or oropharyngeal weakness. Typical complaints include the following:

  • Dyspnea on exertion

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Slurred speech

Ventilatory failure with required respiratory support occurs in up to one third of patients at some time during the course of their disease.


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