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  1. 2024;8;137-142 Acute Guillain-Barré Syndrome After Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
    Case Report
    Aaran Varatharajan, MD, Stephen Music, DO, and Matthew Jaycox, MD.

BACKGROUND: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), also called acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculopathy (AIDP), is one of the most common causes of acute, acquired weaknesses. GBS is an acute immune-mediated polyneuropathy that presents with progressive weakness of the arms or legs. GBS presents after infection; however, there are few reports that describe acute GBS after chronic pain procedures.

CASE REPORT: A 70-year-old man with a past medical history of spinal stenosis status post anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunction status post SIJ fusion presented with imbalance, weakness, and difficulty walking. The patient underwent SIJ fusion one week prior; his weakness progressively worsened, requiring a walker. He underwent a series of labs and diagnostic tests, which were consistent with AIDP/GBS. He was placed on respiratory and cardiac monitoring and started on intravenous immunoglobulin treatment. He started developing bilateral facial palsies and started on plasmapheresis. His symptoms have improved and he was discharged from our inpatient rehab facility on after 28 days.

CONCLUSIONS: This case report aims to highlight a rare, but potentially dangerous, complication of AIDP/GBS following an SIJ fusion.

KEY WORDS: Sacroiliac joint fusion, sacroiliac joint pain, Guillain-Barré syndrome, case report