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

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

Clin Geriatr Med. 2013 Feb;29(1):91-100

Authors: Anderson RS, Hallen SA

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.

PMID: 23177602 [PubMed - in process]

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