September 13, 2006 at 3:14 am

Andrew, CIP or critical illness polyneuropathy is the result of severe illness usually with multiple organ failure and septicaemia (in70%) from many other causes.
It is seen in intensive care units where it occurs in about 2-3% of patients. It is an axonal demyelinating polyneuropathy,it is made worse by steroids, there is some anecdotal evidence that IVIG (immunoglobulins) may help. The outcome is not good.
Why was your mother so extremely ill in the first place, the underlying illness have to be dealt with first.
I hope she is beginning to recover, this must be so hard for you as she is quite young, my age in fact. DocDavid