Respiratory Support in Acute Neuromuscular Respiratory Failure

Eelco F. M Wijdicks and Alejandro A Rabinstein

in Neurocritical Care

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199843626
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322855 | DOI:

Series: What Do I Do Now

Respiratory Support in Acute Neuromuscular Respiratory Failure

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Assessing the need for respiratory support in acute neuromuscular disease is difficult. This chapter discusses indications of triage to the intensive care unit, the benefits and risks of noninvasive mechanical ventilation and indications of intubation in acute neuromuscular disorders, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and myasthenia gravis.

Chapter.  1498 words. 

Subjects: Neurology

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