Treatment


Treatment

There are two main treatments for Guillain-Barré Syndrome. One is Plasma exchange (PE) or plasmapheresis. PE is dialysis, it removes the bad plasma in the blood and replaces it with good donor plasma or synthetic. The procedure will start with a central line being placed in the neck or groin. Next, the blood is removed and spun to remove the plasma and then returned to the body. There are usually a set of treatments done and the doctor will determine how many treatments are right for each patient. The second treatment is high dose immunoglobulin (IVIG). IVIG is a high dose of antibodies purified from the plasma of a donor. IVIG is given through an IV (intravenously). There are other drugs being used like corticosteroids and others that are still investigational.