Acute Skeletal Muscle Wasting is Associated with Prolonged Hospital Stay in Critical Illness with Brain Injury


NEUROCRITICAL CARE, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12028-024-02017-y
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, MEDLINE
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


BackgroundAcute muscle wasting is common in critically ill patients, and this can lead to unfavorable clinical outcomes. The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with muscle wasting and to investigate the association between skeletal muscle wasting and prolonged hospital stay in critically ill patients with acute brain injury. MethodsThis single-center prospective observational study was conducted in critically ill patients with acute brain injury who stayed in the intensive care unit for at least 1 week. The rectus femoris cross-sectional area was measured via ultrasound at baseline and a week after the first assessment. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to identify factors that predicted prolonged hospital stay. ResultsA total of 86 patients were included in the study. Their mean age was 49.4 +/- 16.9 years, 57% were male, and 46.5% had an admission diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage. The percentage change in the rectus femoris cross-sectional area was 15.8% (95% confidence interval [CI] - 19.8% to - 12.0%; p < 0.001), and 57% of all patients had acute muscle wasting. According to the univariate analysis, there was a significant association between prolonged hospital stay and acute muscle wasting (odds ratio [OR] 3.677; 95% CI 1.487-9.043; p = 0.005), mechanical ventilation status (OR 3.600; 95% CI 1.455-8.904; p = 0.006), and Glasgow Coma Scale score (OR 0.888; 95% CI 0.808-0.976; p = 0.014) at intensive care unit admission. The multivariate analysis demonstrated that acute muscle wasting (OR 3.449; 95% CI 1.344-8.853; p = 0.010) was an independent risk factor for prolonged hospital stay. ConclusionsThere was considerable muscle wasting in critically ill patients with brain injuries over a 1-week period. Acute muscle wasting was associated with prolonged hospital stay in critically ill patients with acute brain injury.