Background: In Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), the diversity in electrophysiological subtypes is unexplained but may be determined by geographical factors and preceding infections. Acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN) is a frequent GBS variant in Japan and one study proposed that in Japan, Campylobacter jejuni infections exclusively elicit AMAN. In The Netherlands C jejuni is the predominant type of preceding infection yet AMAN is rare. This may indicate that not all Dutch GBS patients with C jejuni infections have AMAN. Objective: To determine if GBS patients with a preceding C jejuni infection in The Netherlands exclusively have AMAN. Methods: Retrospective analysis of preceding infections in relation to serial electrophysiology and clinical data from 123 GBS patients. C jejuni related cases were defined as having preceding diarrhoea and positive C jejuni serology. Electrophysiological characteristics in C jejuni related cases were compared with those in viral related GBS patients. In addition, eight GBS patients from another cohort with positive stool cultures for C jejuni were analysed. Results: 17 (14%) of 123 patients had C jejuni related GBS. C jejuni patients had lower motor and higher sensory action potentials compared with viral related cases. Nine (53%) C jejuni patients had either AMAN or inexcitable nerves. However, three (18%) patients fulfilled the criteria for acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP). Also, two (25%) of eight additional patients with a C jejuni positive stool sample had AIDP. Conclusion: In The Netherlands, C jejuni infections are strongly, but not exclusively, associated with axonal GBS. Some patients with these infections fulfil current criteria for demyelination.

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Keywords Campylobacter jejuni, Guillain Barre syndrome, Japan, article, campylobacteriosis, clinical article, clinical feature, cohort analysis, controlled study, demyelination, diarrhea, electrophysiology, feces culture, human, immunoglobulin, methylprednisolone, nonhuman, polyneuropathy, priority journal, retrospective study, serology
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1136/jnnp.2010.226639, hdl.handle.net/1765/23137
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Drenthen, J., Yuki, N., Meulstee, J., Maathuis, E.M., van Doorn, P.A., Visser, G.H., … Jacobs, B.C.. (2011). Guillain-Barré syndrome subtypes related to Campylobacter infection. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry: an international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in all areas of neurology and neurosurgery (Vol. 82, pp. 300–305). doi:10.1136/jnnp.2010.226639