Polyneuropathy in Critical Illness
M. Mouallem, A. Adunsky, H. Semo, M. Dolgopiat
Depts. of Medicine E, Geriatrics, and Neurological Rehabilitation, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer and Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Critical illness polyneuropathy developed in 8 patients aged 22-84 years in our intensive care units. This acute polyneuropathy, predominantly axonal and motor, develops in the setting of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome and multi-organ failure. It is found in about 50% of patients treated in intensive care units for more than 2 weeks. In those who survive, neurological and functional recovery is the rule.