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Neuromuscular Disease in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit 

Neuromuscular Disease in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
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Neuromuscular Disease in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
Author(s):

Philippe Couillard

and Eelco F. M. Wijdicks

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190244927.003.0008
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date: 14 October 2019

The neurologist invariably will be involved as primary caregiver for patients with neuromuscular diseases in the neuroscience intensive care unit or in consultation for patients with neuromuscular weakness in the general intensive care setting. This chapter describes general features of neuromuscular weakness and neuromuscular respiratory failure. Important aspects of Guillain-Barré syndrome, myasthenia gravis, and botulism are reviewed as they pertain to neurologic critical care. Critical illness neuropathy and myopathy are also briefly reviewed.

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