Respiratory failure in neuromuscular disease. Management in a respiratory intensive care unit

JAMA. 1976 Feb 16;235(7):733-5.


Patients with neuromuscular disease frequently experience acute respiratory failure. Most require endotracheal intubation or tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation because of paralysis and inability to maintain adequate spontaneous respiration. The prognosis is usually excellent if ventilatory management is successful.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Lung Volume Measurements
  • Myasthenia Gravis / complications
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / complications*
  • Polyradiculopathy / complications
  • Respiratory Care Units
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / physiopathology
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy*
  • Tracheotomy