Clinical features and prognosis of Miller Fisher syndrome. Neurology ; Antecedent infections in Fisher syndrome: a common pathogenesis of molecular mimicry. The inflammatory lesion in idiopathic polyneuritis: its role in pathogenesis. Medicine Baltimore ; Immune attack on the Schwann cell surface in acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

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Symptoms generally start appearing from one to four weeks after infection with the virus. While GBS tends to produce muscle weakness that starts in the lower body and travel upward, MFS generally begins with a weakness in the eye muscles and progresses downward.

Common symptoms of MFS include:. The first thing your doctor will do is take a thorough medical history. To distinguish MFS from other neurological disorders, your doctor will ask you:. This is a procedure in which a needle is inserted into the lower back to withdraw spinal fluid. Many people with MFS have elevated proteins in their spinal fluid. A blood test looking for MFS antibodies proteins made by the body and used by the immune system to fight off infection can also help confirm the diagnosis.

The aim of treatment is to lessen the severity of symptoms and speed recovery. The two main forms of treatment are immunoglobulin therapy and plasmapheresis. These are the same treatments used for GBS. This treatment involves delivering through an injection into a vein high doses of proteins the immune system uses to attack infections.

This is a procedure in which red and white blood cells are removed from the plasma or liquid portion of the blood. These cells are then reintroduced into the body, without the plasma. Both these procedures seem to be equally effective in improving the disorder. However, intravenous immunoglobulin therapy is easier to administer. It may be the first therapy tried.

MFS symptoms tend to progress for several weeks, plateau, and then start to improve. Typically, MFS symptoms begin to improve within four weeks. Most people recover within six months , although some residual weakness can linger.

Because the muscle weakness of MFS can also affect the heart and lungs, resulting in cardiac and breathing problems, hospitalization and careful medical supervision are necessary during the course of the illness.

MFS is an exceedingly rare condition that is, fortunately, short-lived. While there can be serious complications, such as breathing issues, most people are successfully treated and make full, or nearly full, recoveries. Relapses are rare, occurring in less than 3 percent of cases. Learn about two women diagnosed with GBS who went on to have normal lives. It's uncommon for pet ball snakes to bite, but it's possible. Here's how to avoid it, and how to treat injuries caused by a bite.

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Miller Fisher Syndrome Information Page

The NINDS supports research aimed at discovering new ways to diagnose, treat, and, ultimately, cure neuropathies such as Miller Fisher syndrome. It is characterized by abnormal muscle coordination, paralysis of the eye muscles, and absence of the tendon reflexes. Additional symptoms include generalized muscle weakness and respiratory failure. The majority of individuals with Miller Fisher syndrome have a unique antibody that characterizes the disorder. The prognosis for most individuals with Miller Fisher syndrome is good.


What Is Miller Fisher Syndrome?

Patients who develop Miller Fisher syndrome usually have a rapid onset of ataxia, areflexia and ophthalmoplegia, which usually follows a viral illness in the preceding days 1,5. Ophthalmoplegia initially upgaze, then lateral gaze and then downgaze and ataxia usually precede areflexia 5. Electrophysiological findings most commonly include reduced sensory nerve action potentials and absent H reflexes 7. Miller Fisher syndrome is considered to be a peripheral neuropathy, however involvement of the central nervous system has also been reported somewhat controversially , including lesions within the posterior columns of the spinal cord and in the brainstem 1,4. Although MRI is usually used to investigate patients with these symptoms, there can be no abnormalities 7. Although most cases of Miller Fisher syndrome have a good prognosis, occasional cases with permanent neurological disability are encountered. Generally, recovery begins a few weeks after symptom onset and is usually complete by 6 months 5.

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