Retrospective analysis of Guillain-Barré syndrome and Fisher syndrome after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Hirofumi Tsuboi, Naoto Sugeno, Maki Tateyama, Ichiro Nakashima, Takafumi Hasegawa, Hiroshi Kuroda, Kimihiko Kaneko, Michiko Kobayashi, Aya Ishigaki, Juichi Fujimori, Masashi Aoki

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Abstract

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and Fisher syndrome (FS) are immune-mediated peripheral neuropathies, and most of these cases were known to be associated with a preceding infection. Recent reports evidenced an increase in the number of infectious disease cases after the earthquake. The aim of this report is to investigate the incidence and clinical features of GBS and FS after the Great East Japan Earthquake. We found GBS and FS patients had markedly increased in 2011, the year of the earthquake. In regard to an antecedent illness, gastrointestinal infection was significantly increased in GBS patients after the earthquake. These results suggest environmental factors including infectious agents and stress caused by the earthquake might have been involved in the outbreak of the diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-597
Number of pages3
JournalBrain and Behavior
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul

Keywords

  • Disaster
  • Epidemiology
  • Fisher syndrome
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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