Treating a patient with respiratory failure caused by NMD can help alleviate some of the symptoms of poor respiration, including:
- nocturnal hypoventilation (othopnea, hypercapnia and oxygen desaturations), which may present before the development of diurnal hypercapnia1
- increased generalised weakness
- dyspnea on exertion and at rest
- morning headache
- difficulties with concentration
- mood changes
The ideal treatment for respiratory failure in NMD patients is Noninvasive ventilation (NIV).
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