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?
- Thick green respiratory sputum
- Lower extremity pain
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.