The Guillain-Barré syndrome following dengue fever

West Indian Med J. 1999 Mar;48(1):36-7.

Abstract

A 44 year old female presented with fever, muscle aches, rash and a low platelet count. IgM antibody to dengue virus was positive. Two weeks later she developed a flaccid areflexic quadriparesis. Nerve conduction studies showed a predominantly demyelitinating sensory motor polyneuropathy consistent with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Despite the relatively common occurrence of dengue fever, an associated polyradiculoneuropathy is distinctly uncommon.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Viral / analysis
  • Demyelinating Diseases / physiopathology
  • Dengue / blood
  • Dengue / complications*
  • Dengue / immunology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin M / analysis
  • Neural Conduction / physiology
  • Platelet Count
  • Polyradiculoneuropathy / etiology*
  • Polyradiculoneuropathy / physiopathology
  • Reflex, Abnormal / physiology

Substances

  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Immunoglobulin M