Case Report: Three Patients with (Potential) Guillain-Barré Syndrome

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2016.0116-0120

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Stephan Fuchs, Petra Baum, Malte Kornhuber

Keywords: Guillain-Barré Syndrome Anamnesis Examination Vaccination Viral Infection

Background: Non-specific neurological complaints can have multiple causes. Family practitioners must distinguish between banal causes and avoidable life-threatening conditions (e.g. impending respiratory paralysis).

Case reports: We report about one patient, for whom Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) was indeed diagnosed and two other patients, for whom GBS was suspected by the primary care physician. All patients presented with unclear neurological symptoms that only yielded a coherent picture after a detailed anamnesis had been recorded.

Conclusions: For patients who present with non-specific motor disorders and sensory signs, detailed anamnesis and thorough examination is a must when diagnosing or ruling out possible GBS and narrowing down other differential diagnoses.

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