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Guillain-Barré syndrome in SARS-CoV-2 infection: an instant systematic review of the first six months of pandemic
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    Guillain-Barré syndrome in developing countries in the COVID-19 era
    • Zhahirul Islam, Neuroscientist Laboratory of Gut-Brain Signaling, Laboratory Sciences and Services Division, icddr,b, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • Other Contributors:
      • Imran Hasan, Neuro-epidemiologist
      • Quazi D Mohammad, Neurologist

    Dear sir,

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has become one of the most severe pandemic the world has ever seen. Based on data from Johns Hopkins University, around 26.3 million cases have been detected and around 0.9 million patients have died of COVID-19 globally as of September 04, 2020. The neurological sequelae of COVID-19 include a para/post-infectious, immune or antibody-mediated phenomenon, which classically manifests as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).[1, 2]

    We read the systematic review by Uncini et al with great interest. In an instant systematic review, the authors reported 42 patients of GBS associated with COVID-19 from 33 retrieved articles. All of these articles had been reported from 13 developed countries.[3] The authors mentioned regarding the chronology of publication of case reports/series starting from China followed by Iran, France, Italy, Spain and USA which seemed to be related to the track of SARS-CoV-2 infection spread. However, the authors did not discuss why such cases/series had remained under-reported from developing countries. A comprehensive, advanced search of PubMed using the terms ‘SARS-CoV-2’ OR ‘COVID-19’ AND ‘Guillain-Barré syndrome’ on September 04, 2020, led to retrieval of two additional articles from developing countries, one each from Brazil and Morocco.[4 ,5] As of September 04, 2020, Brazil and India had the 2nd and 3rd highest number of COVI...

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