Muscle Ultrasound to assess Myopathy in Critically Ill Patients

What we are studying

The purpose of this research study is to gain knowledge about the progression of muscle weakness of the arms or legs after being in the ICU (intensive care unit) on a breathing machine. The purpose of using ultrasound to see changes in the muscles of people with critical illness is to determine if there is change over the course of the study. Physicians may use this knowledge to improve their ability to diagnose and treat critical illness.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 18+

Eligibility Criteria

  • 18 years or older
  • Require a breathing machine either by tube into the lungs or by mask for acute respiratory failure

What is involved

  • 4+ muscle ultrasounds
  • 3 handgrip strength and physical performance tests



Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Ashlee Case
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