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Guillain-Barré syndrome: the neurological disorder that affects some people vaccinated against the coronavirus

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The legs of a patient suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome in Brazil

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Guillain-Barré syndrome paralyzes the muscles, but most people who contract it eventually recover.

Following fears about the risks that some of the covid-19 vaccines cause clots, a new adverse effect registered in a small number of vaccinated people is causing concern in different parts of the world.

It is an unusual neurological disease known as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system and generates progressive paralysis of muscles.

At the end of July, the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (Anvisa) issued a warning after the appearance of 34 suspected cases of GBS in people who had been inoculated against the coronavirus.

Twenty-seven had received the AstraZeneca vaccine, four from CoronaVac and three from Janssen.

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