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Guillain–barré Syndrome (GBS)

Guillain–barré syndrome (GBS) is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system. The initial symptoms are typically changes in sensation or pain along with muscle weakness, beginning in the feet and hands. This often spreads to the arms and upper body, with both sides being involved. The symptoms develop over hours to a few weeks. During the acute phase, the disorder can be life-threatening, with about 15% developing weakness of the breathing muscles requiring mechanical ventilation.

Some are affected by changes in the function of the autonomic nervous system, which can lead to dangerous abnormalities in heart rate and blood pressure. The cause is unknown. The underlying mechanism involves an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the peripheral nerves and damages their myelin insulation. Sometimes this immune dysfunction is triggered by an infection or, less commonly by surgery and rarely by vaccination.

Treatments

In those with severe weakness, prompt treatment with intravenous immunoglobulins or plasmapheresis, together with supportive care, will lead to good recovery in the majority. Recovery may take weeks to years. About a third have some permanent weakness.

More Information

please visit the CIDP-GBS Foundation International at https://www.gbs-cidp.org/

Products We Offer

Immune Globulin Therapy

Immune globulin is made from pooled plasma collected from thousands of donors and treated to remove contaminants to ensure product safety and integrity. Containing antibodies against a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses, IVIG is administered intravenously and is used primarily to treat three categories of illnesses: primary immune deficiency diseases, autoimmune diseases and certain neurological disorders.
  • Carimune® NFCSL
    Behring
  • Flebogamma® DIF 5%
    Grifols
  • Flebogamma® DIF 10%
    Grifols
  • GAMMAGARD S/D
    Takeda
  • GAMMAGARD S/D (IGA<1 MCG/ML)
    Takeda
  • GAMMAGARD LIQUID
    Takeda
  • GAMMAKED™
    Kedrion
  • Gamunex®-C
    Grifols
  • Octagam® 5%
    Octapharma
  • Octagam® 10%
    Octapharma
  • Privigen®CSL
    Behring
  • Panzyga®
    Pfizer
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Corticosteroids

Immune Globulin Therapy

Immune globulin is made from pooled plasma collected from thousands of donors and treated to remove contaminants to ensure product safety and integrity. Containing antibodies against a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses, IVIG is administered intravenously and is used primarily to treat three categories of illnesses: primary immune deficiency diseases, autoimmune diseases and certain neurological disorders.

  • Carimune® NF
    CSL Behring
  • Flebogamma® DIF 5%
    Grifols
  • Flebogamma® DIF 10%
    Grifols
  • GAMMAGARD S/D
    Takeda
  • GAMMAGARD S/D (IGA<1 MCG/ML)
    Takeda
  • GAMMAGARD LIQUID
    Takeda
  • GAMMAKED™
    Kedrion
  • Gamunex®-C
    Grifols
  • Octagam® 5%
    Octapharma
  • Octagam® 10%
    Octapharma
  • Privigen®
    CSL Behring
  • Panzyga®
    Pfizer

Immune globulin is made from pooled plasma collected from thousands of donors and treated to remove contaminants to ensure product safety and integrity. Containing antibodies against a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses, SCIG is administered subcutaneously and is approved to treat primary immune deficiencies and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. It is also in clinical trials for autoimmune diseases.

  • GAMMAGARD LIQUID
    Takeda
  • GAMMAKED™
    Kedrion
  • Gamunex®-C
    Grifols
  • Hizentra®
    CSL Behring
  • HYQVIA®
    Takeda