Weakness may complicate the course of a significant number of intensive care unit (ICU) patients. This weakness may affect the respiratory musculature, in which case it is usually recognized as a failure to wean from the ventilator. It may also commonly affect limb muscles, and more rarely, both facial and extra-ocular muscles. Critical illness polyneuropathy (CIP) and critical illness myopathy (CIM) are two of the better recognized causes of such weakness that arise during the course of the ICU stay.
KeywordsCritical Illness Intensive Care Unit Stay Compound Muscle Action Potential Status Asthmaticus Critical Illness Polyneuropathy
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