While most of us have never heard of it, Guillain-Barre Syndrome recently came into the national spotlight when it was announced that former Florida Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel was treated for it in the hospital. So what is it exactly, what are the causes of Guillain-Barre Syndrome and how is it treated? We have the facts!
Facts and Causes of Guillain-Barre Syndrome
1. It's uncommon. Guillain-Barre Syndrome is pretty rare, affecting only 1 or 2 people per 100,000.
2. It's a serious autoimmune disorder. According to the National Library of Medicine, Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a serious disorder that occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system.
3. It results in muscle weakness. The disorder causes inflammation in the body that creates weakness and sometimes even paralysis.
4. Much is unknown. The causes of Guillain-Barre Syndrome are widely unknown. Many times Guillain-Barre Syndrome symptoms will follow a minor infection, such as a lung or gastrointestinal infection.
5. There is no cure. So far, scientists have not found a cure for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, although many treatment options are available to handle complications and speed up recovery.