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July 25, 1977

Guillain-Barré Syndrome in Greater New York-New Jersey

JAMA. 1977;238(4):317-318. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280040037015

Epidemiologic data on 176 patients with acute Guillain-Barré syndrome observed over a nine-year period in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area are presented. A striking predilection for patients aged 16 to 25 years, with a second lesser peak between ages 45 to 60, was found.

Seasonal clustering of patients occurred, with nearly half the patients afflicted during the four-month period of late summer and fall. The distribution between men and women was equal. In this series 23% of the patients required tracheostomy, and 5% had a fatal course.

(JAMA 238:317-318, 1977)