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Serum False-Positive Botulism in Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Author(s): Kwong-Kum Liao | Jen-Feng Liang | Kuan-Lin Lai | Kon-Ping Lin | Yen-Chi Yeh

Journal: Scholarly Research Exchange
ISSN 1687-8299

Volume: 2008;
Date: 2008;
Original page

A 30-year-old man of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) had atypical descending weakness and history of exposure to expired canned meat, which caused confusion with botulism. His serum showed false-positive botulism type B by the standard mouse bioassay. The diagnosis of axonal GBS was based on clinical and electrophysiological evidence. This report highlights the fact that GBS can present descending weakness and serum false-positive botulism.
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