Guillain-Barré Syndrome - PT43

Guillain-Barré Syndrome

by Stewart Ross, PT, DPT, OCS, LMT, CLT-LANA
(4.4 / 772 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Guillain-Barré syndrome was first described by French physician Jean Landry in 1859, and it was further described and named by the French physicians Georges Guillain, Jean Alexandre Barré and André Strohl in 1916. GBS is classically defined as an acute monophasic demyelinating polyneuropathy, which is characterized by symmetric ascending flaccid weakness associated with diminished muscle stretch (deep tendon) reflexes, and sensory impairment in a typical distribution (stocking glove) accompanied by autonomic perturbations. Incidence of GBS is reported as one to two per 100,000. Incidence increases with age, and it’s highest among people ages 50 to 74. However, there is a minor peak among young adults.


The goal of this Guillain-Barré syndrome continuing education program is to provide healthcare providers with an evidence-based review of the medical and therapeutic management of Guillain-Barré syndrome. After reviewing this module, you will be able to:
  • Define Guillain-Barré syndrome and list the subtype variations
  • Describe the clinical presentation, diagnosis and prognosis of Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Explain the medical and therapeutic management for patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome

Approval Information is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California. is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S1522 for 09/03/12 to 09/03/13, 13S1896 for 09/04/13 to 09/04/14, 14S1697 for 09/05/14 to 09/05/15, 15S2357 for 09/06/15 to 09/06/16; 16S1933 for 09/07/16 to 09/07/17; 17S6295 for 9/8/17 to 9/8/18), the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP120019112 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130019113 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13, CP140022322 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14, CP150024050 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27185 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539582 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539582 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4471 for 09/03/12 to 09/02/13, 5237 for 09/03/13 to 09/02/14, 5802 for 09/03/14 to 09/02/15, 2217 for 09/03/15 to 09/02/16; 2016-408 for 09/03/16 to 09/02/17; 2017-437 for 09/03/17 to 099/02/18); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval PTCE003315 for 09/12/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003866 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14, PTCE007033 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010131 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval 751-2012 for 08/14/12 to 01/31/14, 366-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-841 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 08/03/12 to 08/03/16; 08/01/16 to 08/01/20 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 08/21/12 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4444 for 09/01/12 to 09/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.

Course Originally Released on: 9/3/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/8/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/2/2020


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Rebecca M - Downingtown, PA  ·  Sep 14, 2018
Provided a good refresher on GBS and what it means for us in the acute care setting and in the out-pt clinic
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Melissa B - Lockport, NY  ·  Sep 13, 2018
Provided good information with supporting examples to explain scales.
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Anthony D - Byron, IL  ·  Aug 28, 2018
informative and relevant to physical therapy
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Caitlin D - Denver, CO  ·  Aug 28, 2018
Very educational and condensed
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Karla L - Aurora, CO  ·  Aug 21, 2018
Very helpful, I did not know about the autoimmune etiology. The outcome tool is great.
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Price: $19.00
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