REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-87

Intensive care unit-acquired weakness


Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Management, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Amr M El-Said
Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Management, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Abbassia, Cairo 11566
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1687-7934.133301

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ICU-acquired weakness (ICU-AW) represents a severe and frequent complication of critical illness. It is believed that ICU-AW can affect more than half of all ICU patients. This major neuromuscular complication of critical illness is associated with increased rates of morbidity and mortality, markedly affecting both short-term and long-term clinical outcomes in critically ill patients. This article aimed to review all available data about this common problem.


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