Guillain-Barré Syndrome in a Patient with a Renal Carcinoma – a Case Report

Authors: L. Večeřa 1;  J. Bednařík1 ,2
Authors‘ workplace: Neurologická klinika LF MU a FN Brno 1;  Středoevropský technologický institut (CEITEC), MU, Brno 2
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2012; 75/108(1): 84-87
Category: Case Report


Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an acute autoimmune polyradiculoneuropathy with a monophasic course, the development of which takes a maximum of four weeks. Relapse is rare (approximately 3% of cases). As opposed to chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), where a link to lymphoma and certain other malignancies has been described, linkage of GBS to cancer is questionable. Nevertheless, several cases occur in the literature describing the occurrence of GBS in patients with malignancies. This case report covers a patient with renal carcinoma who presented with GBS, and possible linkage to malignancy is discussed.

Key words:
Guillain-Barré syndrome – paraneoplastic syndrome – renal carcinoma


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