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Southern Medical Journal:
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Differential Diagnosis of Acute Weakness

CAMPBELL, WILLIAM W. JR. MD; SWIFT, THOMAS R. MD

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Abstract

Muscle weakness evolving rapidly over hours to days demands prompt diagnosis and proper treatment to prevent life-threatening respiratory insufficiency. Such weakness usually results from diseases affecting some portion of the motor unit, such as poliomyelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, botulism, and dyskalemic myopathy. The differential diagnosis of these processes is discussed.

(C) 1981 Southern Medical Association

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