Neuromuscular and skeletal diseases

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Neuromuscular and skeletal diseases

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This chapter examines breathlessness or dyspnoea associated with neuromuscular and skeletal disorders. Breathlessness in neuromuscular and skeletal disorders may be due to global respiratory muscle weakness or selective weakness, and it is important to carefully assess the pattern of respiratory muscle weakness in order to plan appropriate treatment. Some of the most effective interventions include couch assistance, prevention of tracheobronchial aspiration, and education in specific types of respiratory breathing patterns.

Keywords: breathlessness; dyspnoea; neuromuscular disorders; skeletal disorders; muscle weakness; couch assistance; tracheobronchial aspiration; breathing patterns

Chapter.  4255 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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