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Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare
nerve disorder that occurs when the body's own defenses (immune system) attack
part of the nervous system. For this reason, you may be treated with
immunotherapy, which is designed to alter or combat the abnormal immune
response by removing the antibodies that are attacking your body.
Two types of immunotherapy may be used to treat GBS:
One of these treatments is often started immediately after
you have been diagnosed with GBS that is getting worse. Early treatment may
reduce your recovery time.
Plasma exchange and IVIG appear to be
equally effective when given early in the course of the disease. They also have
similar costs. The choice between one or the other treatment may depend on what
is available and most practical.
October 14, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
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