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Guillain Barré syndrome . . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1327 (Published 29 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1327

Susceptibility to Guillain Barré syndrome

A proportion of cases of Guillain Barré syndrome are preceded by an infectious illness—Campylobacter enteritis is a common culprit—but few investigations have addressed the characteristics that make individuals vulnerable. A longitudinal study of more than a million Canadian women found that the incidence of Guillain Barré syndrome was six or seven times higher in those with immune mediated or rheumatological disorders (Int J Epidemiol doi:10.1093/ije/dyx181). A history of blood transfusion or pre-eclamplsia was also associated with an increase in risk.

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