Differential diagnosis of acute weakness

William W. Campbell, Thomas Robert Swift

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Muscle weakness evolving rapidly over hours to days demands prompt diagnosis and proper treatment to prevent life-threatening respiratory insufficiency. Such weakness usually results from diseases affecting some portion of the motor unit, such as poliomyelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, botulism, and dyskalemic myopathy. The differential diagnosis of these processes is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1371-1375
Number of pages5
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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