Guillain-Barre syndrome

What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?

Affecting the peripheral nervous system, Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare condition which targets nerve cells.

There are many symptoms to Guillain-Barré syndrome which include numbness, weakness, pain and pins and needles, which most commonly occurs in the feet, hands and limbs. This may impact on the persons walking, breathing and swallowing, depending on the severity of the case.

This condition can be life-threatening and have severe long term problems for someone living with it.

Who is affected?

It is thought the condition is caused by a problem with the immune system. Guillain-Barré syndrome can affect people of all ages, but it is most common in older people.

The condition is known to affect 1 in every 100,000 people in the United Kingdom.

How we help

Our Chair of Neurosurgery at the Institute of Neurology, Professor Rob Brownstone, is researching how movement is affected by numerous neurological conditions, which includes Guillain-Barré syndrome. Brain Research UK funds his post, as well as his laboratory, and you can learn more about his research by following this link.