Guillain-Barr syndrome is a disorder in which the bodys immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The syndrome is rare, afflicting only about one person in 100,000. Typically complete recovery, in a few weeks or years, but can have lingering problems and can be severe. Usually occurs a few days or weeks after respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally surgery or vaccinations will trigger the syndrome.

Fleshy projections formed on the surface of the stoma that will later form fibrous scar tissue.

A type of tissue that contains new tissue elements including fibroblasts, developing blood vessels, fibrin, etc., and filling a wound during the healing process.

A medical term for a ball-like collection of immune cells which forms when the immune system attempts to wall off substances that it perceives as foreign but is unable to eliminate. Such substances include infectious organisms such as bacteria and fungi as well as other materials such as lint.

Administration method of infusing tube feeding formula with the assistance of gravity and not with the use of an enteral feeding pump. This method is often used with intermittent gastric feedings.

Formula flows into the stomach by gravity.

Brownish-gray nerve tissue, especially of the brain and spinal cord, composed of cell bodies and their dendrites and some supportive tissue, has a brownish gray color, and forms most of the cortex and nuclei of the brain, the columns of the spinal cord, and the bodies of ganglia — also called gray substance.

The branch received by each spinal nerve from the adjacent ganglion of the sympathetic trunk.

Gastrostomy Tube

A device used to position an IV catheter, central venous line, or gastric feeding tube.