Neuroemergencies in Critical Care Patients

Jared A. Greenberg*, Thomas P Bleck

*Corresponding author for this work

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Neurological disorders are common among critically ill patients. Abnormal physical exam findings may signal a neurological emergency or a complication of critical illness itself. Timely diagnosis of bacterial meningitis, spinal cord compression, stroke, and status epilepticus is essential as early therapy improves outcomes for patients with these conditions. More commonly however, alterations in mental status and muscle strength in critically ill patients are due to the effects of systemic organ failure and ICU medications. While there are no pharmacologic treatments for delirium and ICU-acquired weakness, their presence has both short- and long-term prognostic implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Neuroemergency Clinical Trials
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780128041017
ISBN (Print)9780128040645
StatePublished - Nov 13 2017


  • Critical illness
  • Delirium
  • ICU-acquired weakness
  • Neurological examination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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