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Medicina (Buenos Aires)

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PINAL-FERNANDEZ, Iago; GARRIGASAIT VILASECA, Vanesa; FERNANDEZ-CODINA, Andreu  and  ARANDA RODRIGUEZ, Santiago. Variante faringo-cérvico-braquial del síndrome de Guillain-Barré. Medicina (B. Aires) [online]. 2014, vol.74, n.6, pp.474-475. ISSN 0025-7680.

Guillain-Barré syndrome is an acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. Infrequent loco-regional variants, like the pharyngeal-cervical-brachial, have been described. We report the case of a 63-year-old male admitted to the emergency department with cervical and upper limb weakness, inability to swallow and chew, he also presented a rapidly progressive acute respiratory failure due to weakness of the respiratory muscles secondary to the pharyngeal-cervical-brachial variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome. This variant, although unusual, presents a well-defined clinical pattern and diagnostic criteria, which is important in order to start an early treatment to improve the prognosis, not always favorable, to these patients.

Keywords : Guillain-Barré syndrome; Pharyngeal-cervical-brachial variant; Acute demyelinating polyneuropathy.

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