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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation