Neurological Question #6


A nurse caring for a client with Guillain-Barré syndrome notifies the health care provider of deteriorating condition. Which of the following assessment findings indicate a worsening of Guillain-Barré syndrome?


  1. Weakness
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  2. Paresthesia
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  3. Thick green respiratory sputum
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  4. Lower extremity pain
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Guillain-Barré is characterized by paralysis which ascends through the body affecting the peripheral nervous system. Serious complications may occur as a result of respiratory infection since respiratory center is affected and failure may ensue. Weakness, paresthesia, and lower extremity pain may be early signs; however, they do not indicate worsening.

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