Dyspnoea in motor neurone disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

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

Dyspnoea in motor neurone disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

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This chapter examines dyspnoea associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AML). It explains that dyspnoea is a common symptom in motor neurone diseases. Opioids have been found effective in reducing the distress of dyspnoea but non-pharmacological measures can also relieve symptoms in many cases. Non-invasive ventilation may also be considered for some patients but careful discussion with patient and family is essential.

Keywords: dyspnoea; AML; motor neurone diseases; opioids; non-pharmacological measures; non-invasive ventilation

Chapter.  2778 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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