Severe hypophosphataemia mimicking Guillain-Barré syndrome

S Sebastian, D Clarence, C Newson
Anaesthesia 2008, 63 (8): 873-5
A 42 year-old woman presented with neurological symptoms suggestive of Guillain-Barré syndrome and required ventilatory support. She was found to have severe hypophosphataemia that was corrected promptly after which her trachea was extubated. She then revealed that she had undergone a prolonged religious fast and had just started eating again when her symptoms started. Over the next 2 weeks she made a complete recovery.

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