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Neurology India
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Neurological Society of India
ISSN: 0028-3886
EISSN: 0028-3886
Vol. 50, No. 3, 2002, pp. 348-351
Bioline Code: ni02098
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Neurology India, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2002, pp. 348-351

 en Case Report - Intensive Respiratory Care in Patients with Myasthenic Crisis
A.N. Aggarwal, D. Gupta, D. Behera, S. Prabhakar, S.K. Jindal


Six patients received mechanical ventilation for 8 episodes of myasthenic crisis in a two year period. Median duration of ventilation was 8 days. Only one patient required ventilation for more than three weeks and underwent tracheostomy. Atelectasis and pneumonia were the common ventilator associated complications observed, and these responded to therapy. Two patients underwent thymectomy after initial stabilization and while being ventilated. All patients recovered completely.

Myasthenia gravis, Respiratory failure, Mechanical ventilation, Thymectomy, Atelectasis

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