COVID-19 may increase the risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome in those who are susceptible.
A study published Friday in the journal Brain indicated that people with COVID-19 have a higher chance of getting Guillain-Barre syndrome.
COVID-19 was found in 11 of 49 patients with a rare illness in which the immune system assaults the nerves recently, according to the study.
According to the researchers, eight of the individuals with potential coronavirus-related Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes muscle weakness and, in some cases, paralysis, acquired a variant of the condition that causes nerve damage.
In addition, seven suffered facial palsy, a condition in which the nerves in the face are paralyzed, impairing muscle action.
Despite the study’s limited sample size, those who acquired Guillain-Barre following COVID-19 appeared to be more likely than others to suffer these problems, they noted.
In an email to Nokia News, Dr. Bart C. Jacobs said, “There is no proof that [COVID-19] can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome or even that there is a real link.”
“However, Guillain-Barre syndrome developed immediately after infection in these 11 patients, and in most cases no other reasons were detected, but more research is needed,” said Jacobs, an immunology and neurology professor at the University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
According to the National Institutes of Health, Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune illness that can continue for weeks or years. Though it’s uncommon, it can be dangerous, and it’s usually brought on by an acute bacterial or viral infection, such as Zika, according to the institute.
However, it is uncertain whether COVID-19 represents a possible viral trigger for the condition or whether the reported cases in this study are coincidental. Despite the fact that they have been linked in other reports, Jacobs and his colleagues stated.
COVID-19 has previously been related to inflammation that damages several organs and, in some cases, nerves.
Furthermore, persons who contract the virus and develop a major sickness tend to be at a higher risk of developing illnesses like Bell’s palsy, which, like Guillain-Barre, causes facial paralysis.
Guillain-Barre syndrome, like “long” COVID-19, can produce long-term symptoms and health concerns in some people.
Between January and May of last year, Jacobs and his colleagues assessed 49 patients aged 50 and over who had confirmed Guillain-Barre syndrome.
China, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom were among the participants.
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