Rare variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome after chikungunya viral fever

Sajid Hameed, Sara Khan

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Chikungunya (CHIK) viral fever is a self-limiting illness that presents with severe debilitating arthralgia, myalgia, fever and rash. Neurological complications are rare. We present a case of a 36-year-old woman who presented with acute onset progressive difficulty swallowing and left arm weakness. She was diagnosed with CHIK viral fever 4 weeks prior to admission. After investigations, she was diagnosed with a pharyngeal-cervical-brachial variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome. In hospital, she required ventilator support. Her condition improved after five sessions of intravenous immunoglobulin with almost complete resolution within 6 months of symptom onset. With frequent CHIK outbreaks, the neurological complications are increasingly seen in the emergency department. The knowledge of these associations will result in early diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere228845
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • clinical neurophysiology
  • neurology
  • peripheral nerve disease


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