Non-invasive mechanical ventilation: when to start for what benefit?

Fauroux, B.; Lofaso, F.
December 2005
Thorax;Dec2005, Vol. 60 Issue 12, p979
Academic Journal
The article discusses the optimal time to perform polysomnography in patients with neuromuscular disease. Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is recognized as an efficient therapeutic option in patients with chronic respiratory insufficiency due to neuromuscular disorders. If NIV is proposed earlier in the course of ventilatory failure, it should be accompanied by a significant improvement in measurable symptoms attributable to nocturnal hypoventilation, disruption of sleep architecture, and poor quality of sleep.


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