Neuromuscular Emergencies

Melissa L. Cirillo*

*Corresponding author for this work

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4 Scopus citations


Infants and children are frequently brought to the emergency department in the setting of profound weakness. It is imperative to determine the etiology of this type of presentation to treat the child effectively. Neuromuscular disorders must be considered. This article explores 4 such diseases, including the Guillain-Barré syndrome, tick paralysis, botulism, and myasthenia gravis. Distinguishing features of each specific disorder, as well as diagnostic criteria, recommended treatment, and prognosis, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-95
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008


  • botulism
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • myasthenia gravis
  • pediatric neuromuscular disorders
  • tick paralysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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