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Respiratory problems in neuromuscular disease 

Respiratory problems in neuromuscular disease
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Respiratory problems in neuromuscular disease
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10.1093/med/9780199202447.003.0037
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date: 21 October 2019

Introduction 238

Assessment 239

Treatment 240

A variety of neuromuscular disorders may affect the ventilatory pump at different sites (Table 37.1). Most of these disorders result in respiratory muscle weakness, which results in alveolar hypoventilation and impaired cough. Patients with known neuromuscular disease may present acutely with a presentation related to their underlying neuromuscular disease (such as infection) or occasionally in end-stage ventilatory failure....

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