Sensory symptoms on admission as a predictor of respiratory insufficiency in patients of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
Objective: To assess sensory symptoms on presentation as a predictor of respiratory insufficiency in patients of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Methods: The descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted from November 2018 to March 2019 at the Neurology Department of King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan, and comprised patients aged 18-60 years suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome as per Brighton criteria. All patients were monitored for respiratory insufficiency by single breath count and arterial blood gases. Data was analysed using SPSS 22.
Results: Of the 87 patients, 61(70.1%) were male and 26(29.9%) were female. The overall mean age was 37.51±15.36 years. Sensory symptoms were noted in 27(31%) patients, and respiratory distress in 17(19.5%). Of those who had sensory symptoms, 10(37%) also had sensory symptoms.
Conclusion: Respiratory insufficiency in Guillain-Barre Syndrome patients presenting with sensory symptoms was common.
Key Words: Guillain Barre syndrome, GBS), Respiratory distress, Sensory symptoms.