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Bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis and related respiratory complications in a patient with West Nile virus infection
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  1. A D Betensley1,
  2. S H Jaffery1,
  3. H Collins1,
  4. N Sripathi2,
  5. F Alabi1
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care Division, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  2. 2Department of Neurology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr A D Betensley
    Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care Division, Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48202, USA; abetens1hfhs.org

Abstract

The case report is presented of a patient with West Nile virus infection and ventilator dependent respiratory failure in whom bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis developed. If the prevalence of West Nile virus infection continues to rise, recognition of diaphragmatic paralysis and related respiratory complications will become increasingly important to the pulmonary/critical care physician.

  • West Nile virus
  • diaphragmatic paralysis
  • respiratory complications
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