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Guillain-Barré syndrome in northwest Greece.
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PMID:  17295711     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: We present the epidemiological and clinical-laboratory features of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) in northwest Greece over a 9.5-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We studied all the patients with GBS who were admitted to our neurology inpatient service from January 1996 to May 2005 and compared them with previously published series. RESULTS: Forty-six patients were hospitalized during this period. The average crude incidence rate was 1.22/100,000 populations per year, and males were more susceptible than females. There was a spring clustering, as 52.17% presented the syndrome during spring. The axonal type of GBS was recorded in 13.04% of the patients. The most frequent presenting symptom was dysesthetic numbness (52.17%). A large number of patients (56.52%) had up to three times the elevation of liver function values that resolved in a few weeks. Most patients had an excellent recovery and no deaths were recorded. CONCLUSIONS: In our series, there was no difference in the incidence rate and subtypes of GBS but there was a significant seasonality with spring clustering. A transient elevation of transaminases of undetermined etiology was noted in more than a half of our patients. Although seven patients (15.21%) had significant neurologic sequelae, no deaths occurred.
S Markoula; S Giannopoulos; I Sarmas; S Tzavidi; A P Kyritsis; G Lagos
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurologica Scandinavica     Volume:  115     ISSN:  0001-6314     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurol. Scand.     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-13     Completed Date:  2007-04-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370336     Medline TA:  Acta Neurol Scand     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  167-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, University of Ioannina, Medical School, Ioannina, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Disability Evaluation
Greece / epidemiology
Guillain-Barre Syndrome / complications,  epidemiology*,  metabolism
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Sex Distribution

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