Journal article

Guillain-Barré syndrome in association with antitumour necrosis factor therapy: a case of mistaken identity.

Kurvi Patwala, Nicholas Crump, Peter De Cruz

BMJ Case Rep | Published : 2017

Abstract

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an immune-mediated disease characterised by evolving ascending limb weakness, sensory loss and areflexia. Two-thirds of GBS cases are associated with preceding infection. However, GBS has also been described in association with antitumour necrosis factor (TNF) therapies including infliximab and adalimumab for chronic inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and inflammatory bowel disease. We present the case of a patient who developed GBS while undergoing treatment with adalimumab in combination with azathioprine for severe fistulising Crohn's disease, and review the literature on neurological adverse events that occur in as..

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