Respiratory involvement in inherited primary muscle conditions

Shahrizaila, N.; Kinnear, W. J. M.; Wills, A. J.
October 2006
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry;Oct2006, Vol. 77 Issue 10, p1108
Academic Journal
Patients with inherited muscle disorders can develop respiratory muscle weakness leading to ventilatory failure. Predicting the extent of respiratory involvement in the different types of inherited muscle disorders is important, as it allows clinicians to impart prognostic information and offers an opportunity for early interventional management strategies. The approach to respiratory assessment in patients with muscle disorders, the current knowledge of respiratory impairment in different muscle disorders and advice on the management of respiratory complications are summarised.


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