Critical illness weakness: Common questions

Konstantinos Linos, Carole Foot, Marc Ziegenfuss, W. David Freeman, K. Meng Tan

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Abstract

Weakness is a common problem in patients requiring intensive care unit management. Critical illness polyneuromyopathy is a useful term to describe the acquired neuropathy and/or myopathy that develops in the setting of critical illness. There is a broad differential diagnosis and although most cases can be diagnosed clinically, a range of investigations may be required. The principal risk factors are systemic inflammatory response syndrome (particularly due to severe sepsis), corticosteroid and neuromuscular blocking drug administration and hyperglycaemia. Treatment remains largely supportive, emphasizing the importance of preventative strategies. This article will answer common questions pertaining to critical illness weakness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-260
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Anaesthesia and Critical Care
Volume18
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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Critical Illness
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
Muscular Diseases
Hyperglycemia
Intensive Care Units
Sepsis
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Differential Diagnosis
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Critical illness
  • Critical illness myopathy
  • Critical illness polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Psychology(all)

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Linos, K., Foot, C., Ziegenfuss, M., David Freeman, W., & Meng Tan, K. (2007). Critical illness weakness: Common questions. Current Anaesthesia and Critical Care, 18(5-6), 252-260. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cacc.2007.10.005

Critical illness weakness : Common questions. / Linos, Konstantinos; Foot, Carole; Ziegenfuss, Marc; David Freeman, W.; Meng Tan, K.

In: Current Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Vol. 18, No. 5-6, 2007, p. 252-260.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Linos, K, Foot, C, Ziegenfuss, M, David Freeman, W & Meng Tan, K 2007, 'Critical illness weakness: Common questions', Current Anaesthesia and Critical Care, vol. 18, no. 5-6, pp. 252-260. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cacc.2007.10.005
Linos K, Foot C, Ziegenfuss M, David Freeman W, Meng Tan K. Critical illness weakness: Common questions. Current Anaesthesia and Critical Care. 2007;18(5-6):252-260. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cacc.2007.10.005
Linos, Konstantinos ; Foot, Carole ; Ziegenfuss, Marc ; David Freeman, W. ; Meng Tan, K. / Critical illness weakness : Common questions. In: Current Anaesthesia and Critical Care. 2007 ; Vol. 18, No. 5-6. pp. 252-260.
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