Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is an inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nerves, those outside the
brain and the spinal cord. Rapid onset of weakness and often paralysis of the legs and arms within a few
weeks of onset accompany this disorder. Back pain or pain in the extremities as well as numbness and
tingling can also be a part of the initial presentation.
Patients during early days of onset may require intensive care to monitor breathing and other body
functions. Rehabilitation helps during the recovery phase, which can take months or even years. GBS
can affect any person, at any age, of either gender, or any ethnic background.
Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS) is a variant of GBS which also presents rapidly and affects the peripheral
nerves. However, MFS more commonly causes unsteadiness and imbalance and affects the eye muscles
causing double vision, visual blurring or droopy eyelids.
– High dose of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)
– Plasma exchange
The GBS/CIDP Foundation of Canada is a registered Canadian Charity. Our Foundation is made up of trained
caring volunteers who have had GBS, CIDP and variants, who are dedicated to the support of our patient
community in hopes that no patient goes through these disorders alone. Our mission is that of Support,
Education, Research and Advocacy.
If you or someone you know would like more information, please contact the Foundation. Medical
professionals are welcome to contact us for literature and to get more information on how to connect
your patient with the foundation.
Hospital Visitation by knowledgeable volunteers
Telephone Support and Support Group meetings
Names of Physicians specializing in the disorders
National and Regional Conferences