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Weakness in the Intensive Care Unit 

Weakness in the Intensive Care Unit
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Weakness in the Intensive Care Unit
Author(s):

Christopher L. Kramer

and Alejandro A. Rabinstein

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190464813.003.0035
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date: 14 October 2019

Critical illness neuromyopathy (CINM) and the more recently proposed ICU-acquired weakness are diagnostic terms used to account for the common co-occurrence of both critical illness myopathy (CIM) and critical illness polyneuropathy (CIP) in weak, critically ill patients. The disease most commonly manifests as a flaccid quadriparesis, unsuccessful weaning from mechanical ventilation, and an inability to participate in physical therapy.

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