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Chances of Covid-19 triggering Guillain-Barré syndrome that causes paralysis

Guillain-Barré

While the virus that causes Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in the world. Scientists are worried about the risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome that can occur if you have been attacked by the Covid virus. Guillain-Barré syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that is a rare condition but can turn out to be severe. The condition is triggered by an acute bacterial or viral infection. 

“Our study shows that COVID-19 can precede Guillain-Barre syndrome in rare cases,” said Bart C Jacobs of the Rotterdam University Medical Center in the Netherlands. 

“But the existence of a true association or causal relationship has yet to be established,” said Jacobs, one of the authors of the article. 

Since the Covid virus is affecting a large number of people, scientists are racing to find the cause to help save lives and curb the virus’s spread. Guillain-Barré syndrome attacks the nerves and if the condition worsens it can even paralyze the whole body. The syndrome can last for weeks or even several years making the patient go through a tough time. 

A study suggested that about 49 patients cases were active and they were from countries including China, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This study, published in the journal Brain shows that 22% of Guillain-Barré syndrome patients had already been affected by Covid-19 researchers said. 

The patients were of the age of 50 and they frequently suffered from facial paralysis or had some form of demyelination of GBS, researchers told. Covid-19 infected patients have been more prone to Guillain-Barré syndrome, the report guided. On the other hand, researchers put forwarded they found no more patients were diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome in the first four months of the pandemic compared to previous years. Although a strong connection between COVID-19 infection and Guillain-Barre syndrome is very unlikely, still there are chances that Covid may be linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome that causing paralysis.

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