COVID-19 patients reporting Guillain-Barré Syndrome have come to light in Ahmedabad. As per a report, 10 such cases have been reported in the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. Though not a new disease, the autoimmune disorder affects the peripheral nervous system and results in patients losing function of their limbs sometimes leading to paralysis of the limbs.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome symptoms
- The first symptoms include a tingling or itching sensation in the skin.
- This is followed by muscle weakness, pain, and numbness.
- Usually, the symptoms are first seen in the hands and feet eventually resulting in paralysis.
- The paralysis though temporary can last up to 6 to 12 months.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome: Why it happens
In the autoimmune disorder, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, the immune system tries to attack the COVID virus but in the process also ends up attacking the peripheral nervous system thus leading to paralysis of the hands and feet. Five cases were reported in Italy in June of the disease. Another case was reported from Japan in September.
Other COVID complications
Earlier the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad has reported 44 cases of mucormycosis in COVID patients and nine of them lost their lives due to the same.
The Centre had issued an alert about the disease earlier. The fungal infection it had warned can lead to loss of eyesight, affects the nose and jaw bone, and can lead to mortality if it affects the brain.
Doctors have warned that those who have recovered from the disease and have compromised immunity are at risk.
The fungal infection, though rare, isn’t new and is often seen in transplant patients and those who suffer from immunodeficiency.
Gujarat COVID-19 figures on Monday touched 2,36,237 as the state recorded 988 new cases.
The state also saw seven fatalities due to the disease. Of these, five are in Ahmedabad, and one in Surat and Botad each.
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