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NINDS Miller Fisher Syndrome Information Page

Synonym(s):   Fisher Syndrome

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What is Miller Fisher Syndrome?

Miller Fisher syndrome is a rare, acquired nerve disease that is considered to be a variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome. It is characterized by abnormal muscle coordination, paralysis of the eye muscles, and absence of the tendon reflexes. Like Guillain-Barré syndrome, symptoms may be preceded by a viral illness. Additional symptoms include generalized muscle weakness and respiratory failure. The majority of individuals with Miller Fisher syndrome have a unique antibody that characterizes the disorder.

Is there any treatment?

Treatment for Miller Fisher syndrome is identical to treatment for Guillain-Barré syndrome: intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) or plasmapheresis (a procedure in which antibodies are removed from the blood) and supportive care.

What is the prognosis?

The prognosis for most individuals with Miller Fisher syndrome is good. In most cases, recovery begins within 2 to 4 weeks of the onset of symptoms, and may be almost complete within 6 months. Some individuals are left with residual deficits. Relapses may occur rarely (in less than 3 percent of cases).

What research is being done?

The NINDS supports research aimed at discovering new ways to diagnose, treat, and, ultimately, cure neuropathies such as Miller Fisher syndrome.

NIH Patient Recruitment for Miller Fisher Syndrome Clinical Trials

Organizations

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GBS/CIDP Foundation International
The Holly Building 104 1/2 Forrest Ave.
Narberth, PA   19072
info@gbs-cidp.org
http://www.gbs-cidp.org
Tel: 610-667-0131 866-224-3301
Fax: 610-667-7036

 
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Last updated April 16, 2014