The acute motor-sensory axonal neuropathy variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome after thoracic spine surgery: Case report

Jocelyn Cheng, D. Ethan Kahn, Michael Y. Wang

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Abstract

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is the eponym used to describe acute inflammatory polyradiculoneuropathies, which manifest with weakness and diminished reflexes. Although the classic form of GBS is considered to be an ascending demyelinating polyneuropathy, several variants have been described in the literature, including the Miller-Fisher syndrome, acute panautonomic neuropathy, acute motor axonal neuropathy, and acute motor-sensory axonal neuropathy (AMSAN). Few cases of postoperative GBS have been documented, particularly for the AMSAN variant. The authors describe the case of a patient who developed AMSAN after thoracic spine surgery and highlight the importance of investigating new-onset weakness in the postoperative period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-609
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • Acute motor-sensory axonal neuropathy
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Polyradiculoneuropathy
  • Postoperative
  • Technique
  • Thoracic spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Neurology

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