Title

Generalized weakness in the geriatric emergency department patient: an approach to initial management.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2013

Institution/Department

Emergency Medicine, Medical Education

Journal Title

Clinics in geriatric medicine

MeSH Headings

Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Diagnosis, Differential, Disease Management, Emergency Service, Hospital, Emergency Treatment, Geriatric Assessment, Geriatrics, Humans, Muscle Weakness

Abstract

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.

ISSN

1879-8853

First Page

91

Last Page

100

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