Treating respiratory insufficiency caused by NMD

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
  • dysphagia
  • dyspnea on exertion and at rest
  • fatigue
  • sleepiness
  • morning headache
  • difficulties with concentration
  • mood changes

The ideal treatment for respiratory failure in NMD patients is Noninvasive ventilation (NIV).

The Beaulieu family story showcases how a neuromuscular disease affects the health of two brothers and how ResMed’s Astral™ life support ventilators are an essential part of their daily routine.



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    Ward SA, Chatwin M, Heather S, Simonds AK. Randomised controlled trial of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) for nocturnal hypoventilation in neuromuscular and chest wall disease patients with daytime normocapnia. Thorax 2005; 60:1019–1024.

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