Is immune adsorption an effective treatment for 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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Immune adsorption is an alternative treatment for Guillain-Barré syndrome that is still in the early stages of investigation. A small, prospective study reported no difference in outcome between patients treated with immunoadsorption and those treated with plasma exchange. [138]

In critically ill patients, a small German study reported that treatment with selective immune adsorption (SIA) seemed to be safe and effective. In comparison with treatment with SIA only, sequential therapy with IVIG was not more effective. [139]


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