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Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare nerve disorder that occurs when the body's own defenses (immune system) attack part of the nervous system. For this reason, you may be treated with immunotherapy, which is designed to alter or combat the abnormal immune response by removing the antibodies that are attacking your body.
Two types of immunotherapy may be used to treat GBS:
One of these treatments is often started immediately after you have been diagnosed with GBS that is getting worse. Early treatment may reduce your recovery time.
Plasma exchange and IVIG appear to be equally effective when given early in the course of the disease. They also have similar costs. The choice between one or the other treatment may depend on what is available and most practical.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology|
|Last Revised||October 14, 2011|
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