Patients with neuromuscular disease, including muscle weakness due to primary muscle or nerve abnormalities or an inability to control respiratory muscles due to abnormal brain activity, have unique respiratory difficulties that require specific management. The approach to these patients needs to fully acknowledge the specific limitations and then successfully manage them. This requires a blend of physiotherapy, mechanical assistance and medications. Once a quality chronic management program is started early and aggressive management of acute symptoms is critical in maintaining health and requires both the necessary therapies and high quality caregiver assessment and intervention.
- Understand how neuromuscular disease can cause breathing difficulty
- Understand treatment options for supporting breathing difficulty in patients with NMDz
- Understand how to aggressively and proactively manage respiratory difficulty in NMDz
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Related specialties: pulmonary and sleep medicine, neurology, general pediatrics