Guillain-Barre syndrome following dengue fever and literature review

BMC Res Notes. 2015 Nov 27;8:729. doi: 10.1186/s13104-015-1672-0.


Background: Dengue is an arboviral infection that classically presents with fever, joint pain, headaches, skin flush and morbilliform rashes. The incidence of neurological symptoms and complications in dengue varies from 1 to 25% that include encephalopathy, Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), acute motor weakness, seizures, neuritis, hypokalaemic paralysis, pyramidal tract signs, and a few more. Dengue fever as an antecedent infection in GBS is uncommon.

Case presentation: A 34-years-old Sri Lankan Sinhalese male presented with fever, headache and myalgia of 3 days and developed leucopenia and thrombocytopenia without evidence of haemoconcentration. The diagnosis of dengue fever was confirmed as he had positive dengue NS1 antigen test on the third day of fever. He made full recovery and was discharged after 4 days of hospital stay. Six days later, he presented with history of acute flaccid weakness of both lower limbs and upper limbs which was of progressive ascending nature. The electromyography had evidence of demyelinating neuropathy and cerebrospinal fluid showed albuminocytological dissociation. Subsequently, IgM for dengue virus was positive.

Conclusion: Dengue is endemic in Sri Lanka. Post dengue Guillain-Barre syndrome is a potential neurological complications of this infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dengue / complications*
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sri Lanka