Generalized weakness in the geriatric emergency department patient: an approach to initial management.
Emergency Medicine, Medical Education
Clinics in geriatric medicine
Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Diagnosis, Differential, Disease Management, Emergency Service, Hospital, Emergency Treatment, Geriatric Assessment, Geriatrics, Humans, Muscle Weakness
Generalized weakness in the geriatric patient is a vexing chief compliant to address in any setting, especially in the hectic emergency department. Studies suggest that it is associated with poor outcomes, although the ideal workup is elusive. A minimum of laboratory and imaging testing is recommended with the addition of neuroimaging if focal weakness is discovered. Considering a wide differential with attention to geriatric-specific concerns is labor intensive but necessary for this presentation.
Anderson, Robert S and Hallen, Sarah A M, "Generalized weakness in the geriatric emergency department patient: an approach to initial management." (2013). Maine Medical Center. 2034.