Pregnancy complicated by guillain-barré syndrome

Jeffrey A. Kuller, Vern L. Katz, M. Cathleen McCoy, Wendy F. Hansen

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We report a case of a pregnant patient with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Her symptoms, including weakness, vague numbness, urinary incontinence, and unsteady gait, were initially mild and mimicked many of the changes seen in pregnancy. Her progressive weakness was not preceded by any known illness. Evaluation of symptoms revealed an elevated cytomegalovirus IgM titer. When symptoms became severe, electromyography was done, showing a severe demyelinadng motor-sensory neuropathy. After plasma exchange and vaginal delivery, symptoms resolved. Neither the patient nor her infant have had any long-term sequelae. Guillain-Barré syndrome may be difficult to diagnose in pregnancy but may be effectively treated with plasmapheresis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)987-989
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1995

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