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Guillain-Barré syndrome . . . and other stories

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n732 (Published 25 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n732

Guillain-Barré syndrome and SARS-CoV-2

Guillain-Barré syndrome typically occurs a few days to a few weeks after bacterial or viral infections. Campylobacter jejuni, Haemophilus influenzae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and Epstein Barr virus are common culprits. Fortunately, there’s little to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 is a cause. During the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic, the incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome in the UK fell—presumably because lockdown reduced transmission of other infections (Brain doi:10.1093/brain/awaa433).

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