Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome as the initial manifestation of Guillain-Barré syndrome: Case report and review of the literature

Andrea Rigamonti, Francesco Basso, Chiara Scaccabarozzi, Giuseppe Lauria

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Abstract

We report a 63-year-old female patient with Guillain-Barré syndrome revealed after posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome. The onset was characterized by hypertension, headache, and cortical blindness, followed a few days later by progressive limb and facial paresis, dysautonomia, and respiratory failure. Treatment with plasmapheresis led to a rapid improvement of the clinical picture and the disappearance of magnetic resonance abnormalities. This report reviews the literature on this unusual association and discusses possible pathophysiological mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-360
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Peripheral Nervous System
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Cortical Blindness
Primary Dysautonomias
Posterior Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome
Plasmapheresis
Facial Paralysis
Respiratory Insufficiency
Headache
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Extremities
Hypertension
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • dyasutonomia
  • Guillain-Barré
  • posterior reversible encephalopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome as the initial manifestation of Guillain-Barré syndrome : Case report and review of the literature. / Rigamonti, Andrea; Basso, Francesco; Scaccabarozzi, Chiara; Lauria, Giuseppe.

In: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, Vol. 17, No. 3, 09.2012, p. 356-360.

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