Guillain Barré Syndrome
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
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Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare, rapidly progressive disorder that consists of inflammation of the nerves (polyneuritis) causing muscle weakness, sometimes progressing to complete paralysis. Although the precise cause of GBS is unknown, a gastrointestinal or respiratory infection precedes the onset of the syndrome in about half of the cases. This has led to the theory that GBS may be an autoimmune disease (caused by the body's own immune system). Damage to the covering (myelin) of nerve axons (the extension of the nerve cell that conducts impulses away from the nerve cell body) results in delayed nerve signal transmission. This causes weakness of the muscles that are supplied by the damaged nerves.
The following variants of GBS are recognized acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy, acute motor sensory axonal neuropathy, and acute motor axonal neuropathy.
American Autoimmune & Related Diseases
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- Eastpointe, MI 48021
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- Website: https://www.facebook.com/autoimmunityforum
Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
- University of Chicago
- 5841 South Maryland Ave, MC 2030
- Chicago, IL 60637
- Tel: (773)702-5659
- Fax: (773)702-5577
- Website: http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchicago.edu/
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
- 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A
- Short Hills, NJ 7078
- Tel: (973)379-2690
- Fax: (973)912-9433
- Tel: (800)225-0292
- Email: prc@ChristopherReeve.org
- Website: http://www.christopherreeve.org
European Society for Immunodeficiencies
- 1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
- Geneva, CH 1211
- Tel: 410229080484
- Fax: 41229069140
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- Website: http://www.esid.org
GBS/CIDP Foundation International
- The Holly Building
- 104 1/2 Forrest Avenue
- Narberth, PA 19072
- Tel: (610)667-0131
- Fax: (610)667-7036
- Tel: (866)224-3301
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- Website: http://www.gbs-cidp.org/
Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Inc.
- PO Box 42016
- 2852 John Street
- Markham, Ontario, L3R 5R0
- Tel: 9056400073
- Fax: 9056409815
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.gbs-cidp.org/canada/
Guillain-Barre Syndrome Support Group
- Woodholme House Ground Floor
- Heckington Business Park
- Sleaford, NG34 7EB
- United Kingdom
- Tel: 1529469910
- Fax: 1529469915
- Tel: 800374803
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- Website: http://www.gbs.org.uk
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- P.O. Box 5801
- Bethesda, MD 20824
- Tel: (301)496-5751
- Fax: (301)402-2186
- Tel: (800)352-9424
- Website: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
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Last Updated: 1/29/2014
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