Ventilatory dysfunction in multiple sclerosis

Clin Chest Med. 1994 Dec;15(4):693-703.


Multiple sclerosis (MS) can produce a variety of different respiratory abnormalities because of the multi-focal nature of central nervous system involvement in the disease. This article reviews the different patterns of respiratory involvement in MS and correlates them with the known neuroanatomy of respiratory control. Methods of monitoring pulmonary function in MS are explored, and the treatment of acute ventilatory failure in MS is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Disease Progression
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Multiple Sclerosis / complications*
  • Multiple Sclerosis / physiopathology
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / diagnosis
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / physiopathology*
  • Severity of Illness Index