Guillain-Barré syndrome mimics

Brain Behav. 2018 Apr 10;8(5):e00960. doi: 10.1002/brb3.960. eCollection 2018 May.


The Brighton Collaboration criteria have standardized the clinical and laboratory-supported diagnosis of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS) in a way that is applicable in many parts of the world with variable resources. The caveat within the criteria, "absence of an identified alternative diagnosis for weakness" makes GBS a diagnosis of exclusion. Accurate diagnosis of GBS requires a good understanding of an updated, locally contextualised list of mimics, and features that distinguish them from GBS.

Keywords: : acute flaccid paralysis; Brighton Collaboration criteria for Guillain–Barré syndrome; Guillain–Barré syndrome; acute polyradiculoneuropathy; mimics of Guillain–Barré syndrome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Beriberi / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Encephalitis / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Miller Fisher Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Patient Care Management / methods
  • Singapore / epidemiology
  • Symptom Assessment / methods