Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) Causes, Symptoms & More

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2. Causes of GBS

The precise cause of GBS is unknown. As an autoimmune disease, GBS makes the immune system attack healthy nerves and recent viral or bacterial infections may play a part.3‘Recently Diagnosed GBS: Everything You Need to Know’ GBS/CIDP Foundation International, Food poisoning, the flu and Zika virus disease are some infections that may trigger a person’s immune system, leading to the syndrome.

In rare cases, surgery and vaccinations have triggered GBS. Hepatitis E, COVID-19 and Epstein-Barr are viruses that have preceded GBS.4‘Guillain-Barre Syndrome’ National Organization for Rare Disorders, However, people cannot catch GBS from someone who has it, nor inherit it from a relative.

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