Muscle Weakness

May 15, 2021 Issue
Post-ICU Care in the Outpatient Setting [Article]

Because an increasing percentage of patients are surviving to intensive care unit (ICU) discharge and require follow-up in the outpatient setting, family physicians should be prepared to provide ongoing care and screening for common post-ICU complications. Patients should be screened for physical and psychological complications, such as weakness, cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder, and treated when indicated.

Jan 15, 2020 Issue
Muscle Weakness in Adults: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis [Article]

Physicians must distinguish true muscle weakness from subjective fatigue or pain-related motor impairment, which can be challenging. A stepwise approach involving a history, physical examination, and possibly imaging and laboratory studies is necessary to narrow the extensive differential diagnosis of muscle weakness.

Jan 1, 2015 Issue
Recognition and Management of Motor Delay and Muscle Weakness in Children [Article]

Learn which children with delay in motor function warrant referral and which can be reassessed after an early intervention program.

Feb 1, 2013 Issue
Guillain-Barre Syndrome [Article]

Guillain-Barré syndrome consists of a group of neuropathic conditions characterized by progressive weakness and diminished or absent myotatic reflexes. The estimated annual incidence in the United States is 1.65 to 1.79 per 100,000 persons. Guillain-Barré syndrome is believed to result from an aberr...

Apr 1, 2005 Issue
Evaluation of the Patient with Muscle Weakness [Article]

Muscle weakness is a common complaint among patients presenting to family physicians. Diagnosis begins with a patient history distinguishing weakness from fatigue or asthenia, separate conditions with different etiologies that can coexist with, or be confused for, weakness. The pattern and severity ...

May 15, 2004 Issue
Guillain-Barre Syndrome [Article]

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a group of autoimmune syndromes consisting of demyelinating and acute axonal degenerating forms of the disease. Nerve conduction study helps differentiate the heterogeneous subtypes of GBS. Patients exhibit a progressive paralysis that reaches a plateau phase. In mos...

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