Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. Feelings of tingling and weakness increase in intensity until the muscles cannot be used at all and the patient is almost totally paralysed. No one knows why Guillain-Barre strikes some people and not others, or what sets the disease in motion. What we do know is that GBS is now the most common cause of acute paralysis in Western countries since the virtual elimination of Poliomyelitis with vaccination programmes.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome, co-authored by a survivor of this illness, addresses all aspects of this condition, including initial symptoms, diagnostic evaluation and criteria, general and illness specific treatments and typical outcomes. Fortunately, most GBS patients have a good recovery, but the pathway to this goal can be slow and scary. This book covers a wide range of issues including:
- Features unique to GBS such as pain without injury and other abnormal sensations
- Workplace adjustment with incomplete recovery
- Intensive care unit management
- Practical caregivers guidelines
- The rehabilitation process
- Sexual dysfunction, and much more.
is a comprehensive book, written in lay terms, covering everything from diagnosis to emotional issues. It is a book that stands alone.
This latest volume in the American Academy of Neurology Press Quality of Life Guide
series is an essential tool for all individuals, families and caregivers coping with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
There is a pressing need for an authoritative and clearly written book such as this... The combined perspective of a neurologist and a physician with a personal history of Guillain-Barre have very eloquently given voice to the issues of most interests to patients and their families... It is certainly a reference to which I shall refer patients and their families.--Doody's Reviews"From rehabilitation to acute care and coming home again, Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a must for any serious health library."--Midwest Book Review"Brings together the new scientific evidence on GBS, as well as offering a wealth of practical advice. The book provides a good overview of diagnosis, causation and treatment, including rehabilitation, caregiver guidelines and workplace adjustment... It provides solid information and focuses on the positive steps for someone with GBS to work towards a complete recovery."-- CAPHIS Consumer Health Connections
Series: American Academy of Neurology
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 15th February 2007
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.34
Weight (kg): 0.38