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The first Guillain-Barr syndrome after SARS-CoV-2 vaccination in Taiwan.


Acta Neurol Taiwan. 2022 Jan 25 ;31(1):46-51. PMID: 34988954

Abstract Title: 

The First Guillain-Barr? Syndrome After SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination in Taiwan.


PURPOSE: Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is an immune-mediated disease of the peripheral nerves and could be fatal and has severe neurologic complications. This study herein reports the clinical course of the first patient of GBS after SARS-CoV-2 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccination in Taiwan.CASE REPORT: A 38-year-old woman who presented with progressive numbness and weakness of both upper and lower limbs over 1 week. Ascending patterns was noted, and bilateral leg were more severe with diffused absence of deep tendon reflex. Clinical examination and investigation findings confirmed with the diagnosis of GBS. Deterioration of muscle power and respiratory failure had developed during the hospitalization. She had no common GBS predisposing history, but she had received her first SARS-CoV-2 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccination intramuscularly 10 days prior to her symptoms. Clinical symptoms had much improved after double filtration plasmapheresis.CONCLUSION: Our case is the first case of GBS developed after AstraZeneca vaccine injection in Taiwan, presenting with atypical manifestation of early facial and bulbar involvement. The vaccination associated GBS should be closely monitored as other safety profile, since it may result in respiratory failure and severe neurologic complications. Keyword: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination.

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