Neurological disorders in the intensive care unit

Thomas P Bleck*

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Neurological problems are common among critically ill patients; they often signal that other organs are failing, but are themselves important causes of morbidity and mortality. Cognitive function may suffer as a consequence of septic encephalopathy, the pathophysiology of which is poorly understood; however, the affected patients usually return to their baseline when sepsis resolves. Seizures and cerebrovascular disorders are also common in the intensive care unit. Neuromuscular complications are important causes of failure to wean from mechanical ventilation and lead to substantial long-term morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-209
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006


  • Acute quadriplegic myopathy
  • ARDS: acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Critical illness myopathy
  • Critical illness polyneuropathy
  • Fulminant hepatic failure
  • Seizure
  • Septic encephalopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Critical Care


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