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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

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ACOSTA ISIDOR, Sandra Carmen et al. Long-lasting mechanical ventilation due to degenerative neurological disease. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2014, vol.43, n.3, pp.394-400. ISSN 0138-6557.

A sixty-seven years old male Caucasian patient with a history of blood hypertension and chronic gastritis was admitted to the medicine ward of the military hospital in Holguin in August 2011. The diagnosis was acute chronic gastritis. Prior to hospitalization, he presented with distal weakness in the left lower limb and affecting disorders. He suffered respiratory arrest at the hospital ward and was then transferred to the intensive care unit where he was kept mechanically ventilated. Few respiratory infections attacked him, so the majority have evolved satisfactorily thanks to oral antibiotic treatment. The immunological, imaging and biochemical studies yielded negative results. The physical examination of the neurological condition showed symptoms related to a neuromuscular condition. A literature review about this topic was made in which it was determined that the long-lasting mechanical ventilation is related in this case to degenerative neurological disease, in this case modified amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Palabras clave : blood hypertension; chronic gastritis; mechanical ventilation; degenerative neurological disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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