The epidemiology of Guillain-Barre Syndrome in U.S. military personnel: a case-control study

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), the leading cause of acute flaccid paralysis worldwide, is an autoimmune disorder involving the loss of the myelin sheaths encasing peripheral nerve axons, leading to a loss of nerve signaling and typically ascending paralysis. A number of infectious triggers have been identified, with Campylobacter being most common.

Limited data are available regarding GBS in U.S. service members at a high risk of exposure to numerous GBS-associated infectious agents.FindingsMedical encounter data were obtained from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (Silver Spring, MD).

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