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Practical approach to management of respiratory complications in neurological disorders

Authors Mangera, Panesar, Makker H

Received 19 September 2011

Accepted for publication 23 November 2011

Published 21 March 2012 Volume 2012:5 Pages 255—263


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Zaheer Mangera, Kirat Panesar, Himender Makker
Respiratory Medicine, North Middlesex University Hospital, London, UK

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.

Keywords: respiratory failure, respiratory muscle weakness

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