Guillain-Barre Syndrome Treatment Options
There are currently several Guillain-Barre syndrome treatment options:
- Plasmapheresis (plasma exchange)
- Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy
- Medication therapy
- Occupational and physical therapy
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Plasmapheresis is a plasma exchange procedure that uses a machine to separate attacking antibodies from a person’s blood. Once these antibodies are removed, the blood is returned to the body.
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG Therapy)
Immunoglobulin therapy is often given to patients to help treat antibody deficiencies or conditions where a patient has harmful antibodies in their blood, such as with autoimmune diseases or antibody deficiency conditions.
IVIG is a treatment made from donated blood that contains healthy antibodies that can help decrease the harmful antibodies and prevent them from damaging the body’s nerves. This therapy is administered directly into the patient’s veins (intravenously) as directed by your doctor.
Pain medications may be administered to ease pain caused by GBS. If the patient is experiencing paralysis or is immobile, the doctor may also prescribe drugs to prevent blood clots.
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Occupational and Physical Therapy
To prevent the arms and legs from becoming immobile and remain flexible, the doctor may recommend the movement of arms and legs through occupational and physical therapy.
Guillain-Barre syndrome is a manageable disease if not overlooked and is promptly diagnosed and treated. With the treatments mentioned above, symptoms can be carefully monitored and treated accordingly to severity based on each patient’s clinical status.
Dr. Rachel Chang, PharmD was born and raised in Hawaii. She received her degree from Marshall B. Ketchum University in 2022, where she graduated with cum laude honors. The most rewarding part of her job is the connections she makes with each patient. She enjoys speaking with each patient and helping them achieve the best treatment possible. In her free time, she likes spending time with her family, traveling, fishing, and mountain biking.