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This review focuses on recent epidemiological findings on Guillain-Barre syndrome regarding incidence, antecedent events related to the disease, prognosis and prognostic indicators, and treatment. Moreover, this review summarizes recent observations on clinical variants of Guillain-Barre syndrome and their relationship with the prevailing clinical presentation of the disease. The epidemiological observations which have advanced the understanding of the pathogenesis of Guillain-Barre syndrome are also discussed.

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