Tracheostomy in Guillain-Barré syndrome.

  title={Tracheostomy in Guillain-Barr{\'e} syndrome.},
  author={Nicholas D. Lawn and Eelco F. M. Wijdicks},
  journal={Muscle & nerve},
  volume={22 8},
Specific treatment has been shown to shorten the duration of mechanical ventilation in Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and could obviate the need for tracheostomy in a significant proportion of patients. However, the factors predictive of prolonged ventilation are undetermined, and the timing and use of tracheostomy in patients with GBS have not been systematically studied. The medical records of 60 patients ventilated for GBS were reviewed. Only 13 patients (22%) could be weaned within 3 weeks… CONTINUE READING
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