Pulmonary issues in patients with chronic neuromuscular disease

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 May 15;187(10):1046-55. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201210-1804CI.


Patients with chronic neuromuscular diseases such as spinal cord injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and muscular dystrophies experience respiratory complications that are cared for by the respiratory practitioner. An organized anatomical approach for evaluation and treatment is helpful to provide appropriate clinical care. Effective noninvasive strategies for management of hypoventilation, sleep-disordered breathing, and cough insufficiency are available for these patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / complications*
  • Respiration Disorders / complications*
  • Respiration Disorders / therapy
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods