Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a rare but serious side effect that may be associated with certain vaccines.

Contact a Vaccine Injury Lawyer to Learn More About Filing a Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) Lawsuit

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome lawsuits involving certain vaccines, including:

If you or someone you love developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome and you believe a vaccine could be to blame, please contact our office today by calling (888) 994-5118.

What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?

Guillain-Barre syndrome, or GBS, is a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. Though GBS is diagnosed in thousands of people every year, only a few hundred cases are associated with vaccines.

Signs and symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome include:

  • Pins and needles sensations in the fingers, toes, ankles. or wrists
  • Weakness in the legs that eventually spreads to the upper body
  • Unsteady walking or inability to walk or climb stairs
  • Difficulty with eye or facial movements, including speaking, chewing, or swallowing
  • Severe achy or cramp-like pain that may worsen at night
  • Difficulty with bladder control or bowel function
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Breathing difficulty

There is no known cure for GBS. While the vast majority survive the illness, about 30% of GBS victims will continue to experience residual symptoms 3 years after their diagnosis.

Types of Guillain-Barre Syndrome

There are three types of GBS:

  • Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP): AIDP is the most common type of GBS. It is characterized by muscle weakness that begins in the lower part of the body and eventually spreads upward.
  • Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS): MFS occurs in about 5% of Americans who develop GBS. MFS is characterized by paralysis that starts in the eye, as well as an unsteady gait.
  • Acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN) and acute motor-sensory axonal neuropathy (AMSAN): These forms of GBS are seen most frequently in Japan, China, and Mexico.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome Complications

Complications that may be associated with GBS include:

  • Breathing problems: About 30% of those diagnosed with GBS will require temporary help from a machine to breathe when they’re hospitalized for treatment.
  • Residual numbness, tingling, or weakness.
  • Heart and blood pressure problems, including arrythmias (irregular heart rhythms).
  • Severe nerve pain
  • Bowel and bladder function problems.
  • Blood clots
  • Pressure sores (bed sores)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Relapse: About 3% of those with GBS will experience a relapse.

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Our firm is offering free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals who developed symptoms of GBS following vaccination. To discuss filing a Guillain-Barre syndrome lawsuit with a member of our legal team, please call (888) 994-5118.

Last Modified: July 3, 2018

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