A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for Guillain-Barré syndrome may include:
- Recent bacterial or viral infection (Most common are respiratory or gastrointestinal infections.)
- The swine flu vaccine administered from 1976-1977 was associated with excess cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome. (Since then, no other influenza virus vaccines have been associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome.)
- Recent surgery
- History of lymphoma , lupus , or AIDS
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