Weakness of respiratory and skeletal muscles after a short course of steroids in patients with acute lung rejection

S. Nava, C. Fracchia, G. Callegari, N. Ambrosino, N. Barbarito, G. Felicetti

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Abstract

There have been occasional reports of acute respiratory and skeletal muscle weakness in intensive care unit patients treated with massive doses of corticosteroids. However, in this setting the concomitant use of other drugs may have influenced the finding. In this study the effects of 5 days of treatment with high doses of steroids in consecutive patients with acute lung rejection after transplantation were systematically evaluated. Maximal inspiratory pressure during phrenic nerve stimulation and peak torque of isokinetic contraction of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles were measured objectively. Compared to the pretreatment condition, ∼45% of patients showed acute generalised muscle weakness that recovered after ∼2 months. This demonstrates muscle weakness induced by steroids within patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-499
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Lung rejection
  • Phrenic nerve stimulation
  • Respiratory muscle
  • Skeletal muscle
  • Weakness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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