More MS news articles for Dec 2001

Rapid weaning from mechanical ventilator in acute cervical cord multiple sclerosis lesion after steroids

Anesth Analg 2001 Dec;93(6):1550-1
Pittock SJ, Rodriguez M, Wijdicks EF.
Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.


We report a patient with multiple sclerosis (MS), who developed neuromuscular respiratory failure requiring ventilation because of a cervical cord relapse.

Serial pulmonary function tests documented improvement after steroid treatment.

Cervical cord or brainstem relapses should be suspected in MS patients with respiratory failure.

Identification and management of this critical condition are discussed.

PMID: 11726441 [PubMed - in process]