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Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome as the initial manifestation of Guillain‐Barré syndrome: case report and review of the literature

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We report a 63‐year‐old female patient with Guillain‐Barré syndrome revealed after posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome. The onset was characterized by hypertension, headache, and cortical blindness, followed a few days later by progressive limb and facial paresis, dysautonomia, and respiratory failure. Treatment with plasmapheresis led to a rapid improvement of the clinical picture and the disappearance of magnetic resonance abnormalities. This report reviews the literature on this unusual association and discusses possible pathophysiological mechanisms.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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