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AACN Advanced Critical Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.AACN.0000269260.99169.70
Symposium: Prevention of Complications in Critical Illness

Neuromuscular Complications in the Intensive Care Unit: Critical Illness Polyneuromyopathy

Johnson, Karen L. PhD, RN

Section Editor(s): Goodyear-Bruch, Caryl Symposium Editor

Continued Education
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Abstract

Critical illness polyneuromyopathy, a complication of critical illness, is a primary axonal degeneration of motor and sensory fibers that leads to skeletal muscle weakness. It significantly contributes to the unexplained difficulty in weaning from mechanical ventilation and to their prolonged rehabilitation and poor quality of life after discharge. This article will discuss the diagnosis of critical illness polyneuromyopathy, identify risk factors, review several pathomechanisms that have been proposed, and discuss the implications for practice.

© 2007 American Association of Critical–Care Nurses

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