Patients who have Guillain-Barre syndrome may remain in the hospital for several months and recovery may take as long as a year or more. Most patients with GBS recover completely, but some have residual weakness, numbness, and occasional pain. A small number of patients are unable to resume their normal daily activities or occupation.

GBS is fatal in fewer than 5 percent of cases. Those fatalities usually result from cardiovascular or respiratory complications. Death resulting from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradicalneuropathy (CIDP) is rare.

Publication Review By: Gordon R. Kelley, M.D., Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 02 Jan 2000

Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014