Polyneuropathy and myopathy in the elderly

Dalton, R. E.; Tripathi, R. S.; Abel, E. E.; Kothari, D. S.; Firstenberg, M. S.; Stawicki, S. P.; Papadimos, T. J.
March 2012
HSR Proceedings in Intensive Care & Cardiovascular Anesthesia;Mar2012, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
Critical illness polyneuropathy and myopathy is associated with intensive care unit therapies; it is an independent predictor of mortality and will be increasingly affecting the practice of critical care. Most patients with this illness are over 50 years of age, and as our population demographics shift in favor of an aging population, physicians must be aware that this malady will have a rising incidence in the perioperative period. Intensivists, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and geriatricians/internists must remain vigilant. Here we present a concise overview of critical illness polyneuropathy and myopathy, its diagnosis, associations, and possible interventions.


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