Chronic respiratory failure and neuromuscular disease

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Feb;56(1):261-73, xii. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2008.10.011.


The outlook for children with respiratory complications of neuromuscular disease has improved significantly in the past 15 years. This has been the result of many advances in clinical care, including improved monitoring of lung function and hypoventilation during sleep; coordinated respiratory care by experienced physicians with access to specialized respiratory services, especially physiotherapy; and, most importantly, the widespread introduction of noninvasive ventilation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Equipment Design
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / complications*
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Respiration, Artificial / instrumentation
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / physiopathology
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ventilators, Mechanical