Which treatments for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) may cause muscle weakness and poor functional recovery?

Updated: Mar 27, 2020
  • Author: Eloise M Harman, MD; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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In a study of survivors of ARDS, significant functional impairment was noted at 1 year, primarily related to muscle wasting and weakness. [13] Corticosteroid treatment and use of neuromuscular blockade are risk factors for muscle weakness and poor functional recovery.


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