Managing the Respiratory Needs of Patients with Neuromuscular Disease

Jun 8, 2021 from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. (ET)


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.

Learning objectives

  1. Understand how neuromuscular disease can cause breathing difficulty
  2. Understand treatment options for supporting breathing difficulty in patients with NMDz
  3. Understand how to aggressively and proactively manage respiratory difficulty in NMDz


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Shelly Norbury


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AMA Credit Designation Statement: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement: Oscar H Mayer, MD (Speaker),  Lisa Biggs, MD (CHOP Talks Course Director) and Monica S. Williams (CME Planner) and others as appropriate have no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest to disclose.

Related specialties: pulmonary and sleep medicine, neurology, general pediatrics