GBS effects being downplayed…

June 5, 2006 at 7:35 am

My opinion:

Because this is a person in a political position the full impact of GBS is being downplayed (my opinion). Certainly everyone wishes the Ohio State Auditor, and Attorney General candidate a full recovery with record speed. However, statistics show that 30% or more are left with residual effects…and it isn’t just fatigue, which affects nearly everyone.
[QUOTE]Virtually all who get the disease are hospitalized, as the disease can rapidly affect nerves leading to the heart and lungs. Yet even in the most severe cases, [U]most patients fully recover.[/U] However, many patients continue to have residual effects such as fatigue.

Only 5 percent of patients die from the disease, and those cases usually occur in the elderly as a result of complications such as blood clots or pneumonia, said Dr. Gareth Parry, a neurology professor at the University of Minnesota who serves on the GBS foundation’s medical advisory board.[/QUOTE]

This is what Dr. Gareth Parry stated in a [I]GBS Communicator [/I]article (Spring 2000) [url][/url]

[B]Residual Effects Following Guillain-Barré [/B]

Gareth J. Parry
Consultant Neurologist
Auckland Hospital

Professor of Neurology
University of Minnesota
[QUOTE]Guillain-Barré syndrome is a disorder whose excellent prognosis is invariably emphasized. Widely accepted figures suggest that 75%-85% of patients make a complete recovery. However, many of my patients have complained to me of minor but annoying persistent symptoms continuing for years after the initial paralytic event. Although I have made no systematic study of the proportion of patients with these residual complaints it is certainly more than the 15%-25% that the figures in the literature would suggest….[/QUOTE]
Regards to all.