Patients with neuromuscular disorders encountered on the ICU can be divided into two main categories. One category has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) due to an underlying neuromuscular disorder, mainly the Guillam Barre Syndrome ( GBS) and myasthenia gravis. The other category develops a so-called acquired neuromuscular disorder during their stay on the ICU after admission for other reasons (multi-trauma, severe infections, (multiple) organ dysfunction, etcetera). In these patients the neurological symptoms mainly consist of muscle weakness, wasting, and difficulties in weaning from the artificial respirator.

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Organon T eknika bv Boxtel The research was supported by: Foundation of Roman Catholic hospitals Til burg, Commission of scientific facilities at the St. Elisabeth Hospital Tilburg, Foundation of neuro-immunological research Erasmus University Rotterdam
F.G.A. van der Meché (Frans)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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