Background: Myoclonic status may be observed following cardiac arrest and has previously been identified as a poor prognostic indicator in regard to return of neurologic function. We describe a unique situation in post-cardiac arrest patients with myoclonic status and hypothesize possible predictors of a good neurologic outcome. Methods: Case series. Results: We illustrate two cases of cardiac arrest due to a respiratory cause in young patients with evidence of illicit drug use at the time of hospital admission that suffered post-ischemic myoclonic status. These patients subsequently recovered with good neurologic outcomes. Conclusions: On rare occasions, myoclonic status does not imply a poor functional outcome following cardiac arrest. Other clinical and demographic characteristics including young age, presence of illicit substances, and primary respiratory causes of arrest may contribute to a severe clinical presentation, with a subsequent good neurologic outcome in a small subset of patients.
- Cardiac arrest
- Post-ischemic myoclonus status
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine