Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Acute Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Outlook

What to expect with Guillain-Barre syndrome:

  • About 85 percent of patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome make a complete neurologic recovery.
  • Severity may range from mild difficulty walking with recovery within weeks, to complete paralysis with incomplete recovery after 18 months.
  • The peak weakness is usually seen in 10 to 14 days.
  • About 3 to 4 percent of those with Guillain-Barre syndrome die from the disease.
  • About 30 percent of adults have weakness after 3 years.
  • Children have higher rates of chronic problems following Guillain-Barre.
  • About 10 percent of those who recover from Guillain-Barre, relapse.

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Last Updated: Mar 18, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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