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Practical approach to management of respiratory complications in neurological disorders

Authors
Journal
International Journal of General Medicine
1178-7074
Publisher
Dove Medical Press
Publication Date
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2147/ijgm.s26333
Keywords
  • Review
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Patients with certain neurological diseases are at increased risk of developing chest infections as well as respiratory failure due to muscular weakness. In particular, patients with certain neuromuscular disorders are at higher risk. These conditions are often associated with sleep disordered breathing. It is important to identify patients at risk of respiratory complications early in the course of their disease, although patients with neuromuscular disorders often present in the acute setting with respiratory involvement. This review of the respiratory complications of neurological disorders, with a particular focus on neuromuscular disorders, explores why this happens and looks at how to recognize, investigate, and manage these patients effectively.

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