West Indian Medical Journal
Print version ISSN 0043-3144
ESACK, A and TEELUCKSINGH, S. The Guillain-Barré syndrome at two hospitals in Trinidad, West Indies: a review of 26 patients. West Indian med. j. [online]. 2010, vol.59, n.5, pp. 514-517. ISSN 0043-3144.
Over a four-year period, 26 consecutive patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) were seen. Their ages ranged from 18 months to 68 years. Fifteen were male and 11 female. The crude annual incidence was estimated to be 1.5 per 100 000population. East Indians made up the majority of the patients. An antecedent infection was reported in 65% of patients. Significant pain was present in half of the cohort. F-wave abnormalities were the commonest electrophysiological disturbance. Twenty-nine per cent of patients required ventilation. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment was beneficial in 88% of patients. Eighty-four per cent made a complete or near complete recovery. One patient died.
Keywords : Guillain-Barré Syndrome; Trinidad.