ISSN 1941-5923

American Journal of Case Reports

Current Volume 15, 2014

Published: 2014-04-22

Difficult-to-wean: High index of suspicion

Alehegn Gelaye, Brijesh Patel, Wassim Farra, Bruce Kole

Am J Case Rep 2014;15:163-167

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.890284

Abstract: Background: Failed planned extubation occurs in a minority of patients with acute respiratory failure requiring invasive mechanical ventilation. In patients presenting with acute respiratory failure with no identifiable cardiopulmonary causes, uncommon conditions, such as cervical spondylotic myelopathy, should be considered. In very rare instances, when cervical spondylotic myelopathy and syringomyelia present concomitantly, they can be devastating.
Case Report: A 57-year-old woman visited the emergency room (ER) after feeling unwell for several days. She was brought to the ER with acute respiratory distress and obtunded state with GCS of 6/15. She was hypotensive and agonally breathing. Her initial neurologic evaluation was unrevealing. Based on these findings, she was intubated. Over the next several days, she was difficult to wean from...

Keywords: Spinal Cord Compression, Syringomyelia, Difficult-to-wean


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