Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Guillain-Barre syndrome can affect all age groups, but you're at greater risk if:
- You're a young adult
- You're an older adult
Guillain-Barre syndrome may be triggered by:
- Most commonly, infection with campylobacter, a type of bacteria often found in undercooked food, especially poultry
- Mycoplasma pneumonia
- Epstein-Barr virus
- Influenza virus
- Hodgkin's disease
- HIV, the virus that causes AIDS
- Rarely, rabies or influenza immunizations
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