Acute steroid-induced tetraplegia following status asthmaticus

P. W. Kaplan, W. Rocha, D. B. Sanders, B. D'Souza, A. Spock

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A 10-year-old girl was treated for an acute asthmatic attack with ventilation and a high-dose steroids regimen. An areflexic paralysis of the four limbs was noted when artificial ventilatory support was withdrawn. Electromyography and a muscle biopsy revealed marked myopathic features. We discuss the unusual presentation of an acute steroid-induced myopathy in an asthmatic patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-123
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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