Neuromuscular problems in the burn patient

Cause and prevention

P. A. Helm, G. Pandian, E. Heck

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Abstract

Neuromuscular complications of the burn patient that occur during hospitalization frequently are overlooked. Eighty-eight patients with signs of weakness or complaints of easy fatigability were examined clinically and electrodiagnostically. The most frequently diagnosed neuromuscular abnormality in this study was generalized peripheral neuropathy. Other specific neuromuscular problems, in order of frequency of occurrence, were found to involve the deltoid muscle, peroneal nerve, ulnar nerve, median nerve, and brachial plexus. These lesions are found to be commonly due to (1) poor positioning, both in bed and in the operating room, and (2) heavy bulk dressings over superficial nerves. Thus, it is concluded that many of these injuries offer a significant potential for prevention through attention to physiologic positioning and meticulous patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-453
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume66
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1985

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Deltoid Muscle
Peroneal Nerve
Ulnar Nerve
Brachial Plexus
Median Nerve
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Operating Rooms
Bandages
Patient Care
Hospitalization
Wounds and Injuries

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Neuromuscular problems in the burn patient : Cause and prevention. / Helm, P. A.; Pandian, G.; Heck, E.

In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 66, No. 7, 1985, p. 451-453.

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