Critical illness polyneuropathy and myopathy (CIPNM) is a common complication seen in patients with critical illness. However, long-lasting oropharyngeal dysphagia in patients with CIPNM has not been reported previously. Besides, severe dysphagia is also a rare condition in patients with diabetes. Here, we present the case of a woman with diabetes, who developed neuromuscular weakness after recovery from severe pneumonia and respiratory failure. Brain lesion was excluded by magnetic resonance imaging of brain. CIPNM was confirmed by nerve conduction and electromyographic studies. Videofluoroscopic swallow study showed severe oropharyngeal dysphagia. The general weakness and functional status improved gradually after rehabilitation. However, the dysphagia persisted and she required tubal feeding. Although the pathogenesis of CIPNM is still not well known, adequate rehabilitation program could be beneficial for improving the function of these patient
Translated title of the contributionDysphagia in Critical Illness Polyneuropathy and Myopathy: A Case Report
Original languageChinese (Traditional)
Pages (from-to)117-122
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • critical illness polyneuropathy and myopathy
  • dysphagia
  • diabetes mellitus


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