HyperCKemia in Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Seok Jin Choi, Yoon Ho Hong, Jun Soon Kim, Je Young Shin, Jung Joon Sung

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The aim of the present study was to investigate the frequency and clinical features of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) with hyperCKemia. We retrospectively identified 139 patients with GBS at 2 teaching hospitals in South Korea. We excluded patients with Miller-Fisher syndrome (n = 19), acute bulbar palsy (n = 3), and those whose serum creatine kinase (CK) levels were not measured (n = 45). Twelve of 72 patients (16.7%) had transient hyperCKemia, defined as serum CK =300 IU/L. The frequency of male sex and non-demyelinating electrodiagnostic features were higher in patients with hyperCKemia than those without. Transient hyperCKemia, occasionally seen in patients with GBS may be associated with the non-demyelinating subtype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-420
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Neurology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • Creatine kinase
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • HyperCKemia

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