38 children which had had an episode of Guillain-Barré syndrome were studied after a period between 2 and 12 years. The age of the children at the follow-up varied between 7 years 9 months and 27 years. 11 of the children were not completely cured from the point of view of the peripheral nervous system. 9 showed slight signs of motor weakness, 2 of which also had a slight distal atrophy of some leg muscles. None of these 9 patients however had any subjective symptoms of diminished capacity in every-day life. 2 of these and 2 other patients without any muscle weakness had loss of one or more tendon reflexes. 4 other patients apart from the 9 mentioned above had a very slight intention tremor. All of these had had some cerebellar ataxia during the acute phase. A sweat test done in 19 of the 38 controls never showed any asymmetry. 36 patients were examined electrophysiologically during the follow-up: EMG was done in only 35 and in one only conduction velocities were measured. In 16 patients a pathological EMG and (or) an anomalous conduction velocity was found. The only correlations which seemed to exist between the amount of residual findings and some elements during the acute phase of the illness were a positive correlation with the importance of maximum motor deficiency and with the time between the beginning of maximum motor weakness and the beginning of recovery.
|Titolo:||Guillain-Barré syndrome in children with special reference to the natural history of 38 personal cases|
ROSSI, LIVIA NICOLETTA (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||Adolescent ; Adult ; Child ; Follow-Up Studies ; Humans ; Muscles ; Neural Conduction ; Polyradiculopathy ; Steroids|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/38 - Pediatria Generale e Specialistica|
Settore MED/39 - Neuropsichiatria Infantile
|Data di pubblicazione:||feb-1976|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|