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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 544--545

Report of five children with Guillain-Barré syndrome following a nationwide oral polio vaccine campaign in Turkey

1 Department of Neurology, Yuzuncu Yil University Medical School, Van, Turkey
2 Department of Pediatrics, Yuzuncu Yil University Medical School, Van, Turkey
3 Department of Infectious Diseases, Yuzuncu Yil University Medical School, Van, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
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Yuzuncu Yil University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology 65200 Van
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Five children with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), following a national oral polio vaccination campaign to eradicate disease, are reported. Clinical examination, CSF and electromyographic findings conformed to the classical description of GBS. Four of them received therapeutic dose of intravenous IgG. Two children succumbed to the disease. It was observed that the number of cases of GBS in children increased during the period of the oral polio vaccination (OPV) campaign in Turkey, suggesting a causal relationship.


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