Acute Crit Care.  2018 Feb;33(1):51-56. 10.4266/acc.2016.00255.

Critical Illness Neuromyopathy Complicating Cardiac Surgery

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  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Korea. wkbaek@inha.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Neurology, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea.

Abstract

Critical illness neuromyopathy (CINM) is a sporadically reported disease in the setting of an intensive care unit developing in the process of managing a critical illness. The disease primarily affects the motor and sensory axons and results in severe limb weakness rendering ventilator weaning extremely difficult. We report a case of CINM after cardiac valve surgery. Quadriplegia developed after the operation and resolved slowly over the following 2 months. The patient was discharged home free of neurologic symptoms.

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critical illness; electromyography; nerve conduction; neuromuscular diseases; rehabilitation; thoracic surgery
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