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Internal Medicine
Vol. 51 (2012) No. 12 p. 1595-1598

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http://doi.org/10.2169/internalmedicine.51.7132

CASE REPORTS

A 36-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of urinary retention and muscle weakness affecting all 4 limbs after receiving a H1N1 09 influenza vaccination. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated multiple lesions in his brain and spinal cord. Furthermore, nerve conduction study showed acute sensorimotor neuropathy, and anti-GM2 antibodies were detected in his serum. Based on the temporal association and exclusion of alternative etiologies, we made a diagnosis of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). To our knowledge, this is the first case of co-morbid ADEM and GBS after influenza vaccination with positive anti-ganglioside antibodies.

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