Plan B - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Biology and Microbiology
Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a rare post-infection inflammatory disorder. It is caused by the cross-reactivity of antibodies produced from a recent infection which then attack the gangliosides of the peripheral nervous system. Guillain-Barre syndrome includes multiple subtypes which are categorized based on both disease course and symptoms, which include length of progression phase, pain, and cranial nerve involvement. This paper will serve as a review of diagnostic tools and treatment options used for Guillain-Barre syndrome patients. It will also discuss recent research on these topics as well as studies on viral outbreaks which may be linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome. These will include Zika, a large viral outbreak from 2016, and COVID-19, a current pandemic at the time of completion of this paper. Lastly, an overview of potential future studies will be explored on these topics.
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South Dakota State University
Copyright © 2021 Kaitlyn Hespen
Hespen, Kaitlyn, "Guillain-Barre Syndrome: A Review of Current Diagnostic Tools, Treatments, and Research" (2021). Biology and Microbiology Graduate Students Plan B Research Projects. 30.