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Guillain Barré Syndrome - What is GBS?

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Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) is an autoimmune disease in which the peripheral nerves and nerve roots are damaged by the immune system’s antibodies and lymphocytes. This causes delays and changes to the signals being transmitted between the nerves and the brain.

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Guillain Barré is pronounced ‘ghee-yan bah-ray’, named after the three French neurologists who first described the condition. It is an autoimmune disease in which the peripheral nerves and nerve roots are damaged by the immune system’s antibodies and lymphocytes. The myelin (nerve insulation) and sometimes the axon (the inner covered part of the nerve) of the nerves are damaged, causing delays and changes to the signals being transmitted between the nerves and the brain.

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Sally Moyle
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Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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