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Guillain-Barre syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute autoimmune peripheral neuropathy
  • Acute immune-mediated polyneuropathy
  • Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy
  • Acute inflammatory neuropathy
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Your Question

My mother was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome after having a flu shot in 2001.  Does this make me more at risk of developing Guillain-Barre syndrome if I have a flu shot?

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Do people with a family history of Guillain-Barre syndrome have an increased risk of developing this condition?

Although the triggers of Guillain-Barre syndrome remain unclear, this condition is considered to be a complex disorder caused by both genetic and environmental factors. Only in a few rare cases have multiple members of a family developed Guillain-Barre syndrome.[1]
Last updated: 11/2/2009