Electrophysiology of neuromuscular disorders in critical illness.

  title={Electrophysiology of neuromuscular disorders in critical illness.},
  author={David Lacomis},
  journal={Muscle & nerve},
  volume={47 3},
INTRODUCTION Neuromuscular disorders, predominantly critical illness myopathy (CIM) and critical illness polyneuropathy (CIP) occur in approximately one-third of patients in intensive care units. The aim of this study was to review the important role of electrophysiology in this setting. RESULTS In CIM, sarcolemmal inexcitability causes low amplitude compound muscle action potentials (CMAPs) that may have prolonged durations. Needle electrode examination usually reveals early recruitment of… CONTINUE READING
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