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Table 1 Characteristics of the studied population (n = 61)

From: A simple functional marker to predict the need for prolonged mechanical ventilation in patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome

Characteristics Results
Age, years 51.9 ± 20.5
Sex, males/females 33/28
SAPS II 23.1 ± 16.8
DSH, days 5.8 ± 6.3 (median delay: 3)
Delay between onset of symptoms and ICU admission, days 9.8 ± 10.4 (median delay: 6)
Mechanical ventilation, number (percentage) 40 (65)
Tracheotomy, number (percentage) 28/40 ventilated patients (70)
ICU length of stay, days 40 ± 74 (median length: 19)
EMG type of neuropathy, number (percentage)  
   AMAN 6 (10)
   AMSAN 9 (15)
   AIDP 33 (54)
   AIDP and axonal involvement 13 (21)
Positive serology, number (percentage)  
   Cytomegalovirus 9 (14)
Campylobacter jejuni 14 (23)
Neurological presentation at admission to the ICU, number (percentage)  
   Severe dysautonomy 19 (31)
   Bilateral facial nerve palsy 25 (41)
   Inability to lift one's head above the bed 22 (36)
   Bilateral lack of forearm flexion 23 (38)
   Bilateral lack of elbow elevation above bed 24 (56)
   Bilateral lack of foot flexion 29 (48)
   Bilateral lack of foot extension 28 (46)
  1. Data are presented as mean ± standard deviation unless otherwise stated. AIDP, acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy; AMAN, Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy; AMSAN, Acute Motor and Sensory Axonal Neuropathy; DSH, delay between onset of symptoms and hospital admission; EMG, electromyography; ICU, intensive care unit; SAPS II, Simplified Acute Physiology Score II.