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March 1982

Treatment of the Guillain-Barré Syndrome by Plasmapheresis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology (Drs Osterman and Fagius), the Blood Center (Drs Säfwenberg and Danersund), and the Departments of Clinical Neurophysiology (Dr Wallin) and Clinical Physiology (Dr Nordesjö), University Hospital, Uppsala; and Gävle Hospital (Dr nordesjö), Sweden.

Arch Neurol. 1982;39(3):148-154. doi:10.1001/archneur.1982.00510150018005

• Treatment by plasmapheresis was performed in eight adult patients with the Guillain-Barré syndrome. One patient with a chronic relapsing form underwent four separate courses of plasmapheresis and her condition improved rapidly each time. Of seven patients with acute Guillain-Barré syndrome, the condition of three improved markedly, in one partially, and in three it did not improve in association with treatment. There were no apparent differences concerning clinical and neurophysiologic parameters between those whose conditions improved and those whose conditions did not.

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