How should psychiatric complications be managed in the ICU in patients with 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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Hospitalized patients with GBS may experience mental status changes, including hallucinations, delusions, vivid dreams, and sleep abnormalities. [112] These occurrences are thought to be associated with autonomic dysfunction and are more frequent in patients with severe symptoms. Such problems resolve as the patient recovers. Psychiatric and psychological problems such as depression and anxiety are likely to occur. Education, counseling, and medications are necessary to manage these problems and help the patient adjust and improve from their profound disability.


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