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Acta Neurológica Colombiana

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GONZALEZ-MANRIQUE, Guillermo; CIFUENTES-GONZALEZ, Juan C.  and  RAMIREZ-RAMOS, Cristhian F.. Guillain Barré syndrome simulating brain death: an unusual presentation. Acta Neurol Colomb. [online]. 2019, vol.35, n.2, pp.99-102. ISSN 0120-8748.

Guillain-Barré syndrome continues to be the most important cause of acute and subacute flaccid paralysis in the world, with notable advances in terms of diagnosis, pathophysiology and management. There are variants typically described in this clinical condition, however, for some years there have been reports in clinical scenarios that become a diagnostic challenge and of particular interest when it imitates such serious conditions from the prognostic point of view as brain death. We present the case of a 53-year-old man with a rapidly progressive picture of general symptoms, muscle weakness and early progression to ventilatory failure who develops signs of brain-length compromise and brain death criteria in whom electrodiagnostic studies allowed to reach the conclusion of the course of a syndrome of Guillain Barré imitating a brain death.

Keywords : Guillain-Barré syndrome; brain death; electrodiagnosis; respiratory insufficiency; paralysis (MeSH).

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