Pediatric Neuromuscular Paralysis

  • Etiology: pharmacologically induced to prevent patient from fighting ventilation or removing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation catheters
  • Imaging: extensive body wall edema due to lack of normal intercostal muscle contractions, bell-shaped chest

Radiology Cases of Neuromuscular Paralysis

CXR of neuromuscular paralysis
CXR AP shows extensive body wall edema and poorly expanded lungs with the tip of the ECMO venous canula in the right atrium (ra) and the tip of the ECMO arterial canula in the aortic arch (aa).