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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Mar;86(3):449-52.

Rehabilitation outcomes of 5 patients with severe West Nile virus infection: a case series.

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Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, IL, USA. nrao@marianjoy.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report inpatient rehabilitation outcome in severe cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection.

DESIGN:

Retrospective case series.

SETTING:

Freestanding rehabilitation hospital.

PARTICIPANTS:

Five consecutive patients admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital with proven WNV infection.

PATIENTS:

had severe neurologic manifestations and functional deficits.

INTERVENTIONS:

Not applicable.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

FIM instrument scores.

RESULTS:

On admission, overall FIM scores ranged from 31 to 68, with a mean of 44.40+/-15.85; overall FIM scores ranged from 52 to 90, with a mean of 76.00+/-15.03 at discharge.

CONCLUSIONS:

All patients demonstrated significant functional improvement ( P <.001). Length of stay ranged from 10 to 71 days, with a mean of 32 days. Lower functional outcome and higher cost of care were noted in patients and was attributable to severe muscle weakness and axonal neuropathy.

PMID:
15759227
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2004.10.019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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