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Are there ways to test for genetic susceptibility for Guillian-Barre syndrome?

Asked by JonnyCeltics (2716points) April 16th, 2012

My father had it and what he went through scares the bajeezers out of me. So little is known about it, including how to treat it. It’s a rare disease and I’d love to know what measures I can take to avoid it or be prepared or…well, to do anything I can.

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JLeslie's avatar

I don’t know if there is genetic testing, but I have a question, did he get it from a vaccine?

jca's avatar

I got it – my daughter had a virus and everyone got sick, except me. Two weeks later I couldn’t walk and ended up in the hospital for a month of medical treatment and rehab. That was almost four years ago. I don’t think it’s something you should worry about because it’s very rare, so most likely you won’t get it.

JonnyCeltics's avatar

@JLeslie he didn’t, but I’ve been told not to get the flu shot because it may cause its onset…

jca's avatar

True, avoid vaccines if you can. I avoid the flu shot like the plague!

JLeslie's avatar

@JonnyCeltics People are expected to get tetanus every ten years. I recommend you get a titer done instead, that is what I do. It is a blood test that measures your immunity. You can get blood titers for many diseases like Rubella and others. Sometimes itis worth the risk to take a vaccine, but why risk it if you are already immune?

A lot of doctors will be annoying about getting a titer done, some are very cooperative. The only one I would worry about is tetanus if you are in America.

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