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Guillain-Barre Syndrome after Obstetrical Epidural Analgesia
  1. Philippe E. Gautier, M.D.*,
  2. Albert Van steenberge, M.D.,
  3. Philippe A. Pierre, M.D.** and
  4. Luc J. Van Obbergh, M.D.*
  1. *Department of Anesthesiology, Clinique Ste Anne, Brussels, Belgium
  2. **Department of Neurology, Clinique Ste Anne, Brussels, Belgium
  3. University of Louvain and the Department of Anesthesiology, Clinique Ste Anne, Brussels, Belgium


Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) occurred 24 hours post-partum following an obstetrical epidural anesthetic (OEA) procedure. Clinical diagnosis was confirmed by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) findings and nerve conduction velocity studies. GBS is an immune mediated process. Because of short latency between the onset of symptoms and the performance of the epidural block, a cause and effect relationship between epidural block and GBS in this patient is unlikely.

  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • epidural anesthesia

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