Critical and respiratory care in neuromuscular disorders

Osama O. Zaidat, Rana Hejal, Jose I. Suarez

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Critical care of patients with neuromuscular disease has evolved over the years to include diagnosis, recognition, and management of the natural progression of these disorders as well as the treatments, potential side effects, and comorbid illnesses that are often seen in the intensive care units. In this chapter, we discuss the general critical care approach, the basic changes in pulmonary function, the electrodiagnostic testing, and the pulmonary aspects of the neuromuscular disorders seen in the ICU. We also discuss long-term respiratory care and management of chronic respiratory failure since it constitutes an essential aspect of medical care in patients with progressive neuromuscular diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuromuscular Disorders in Clinical Practice
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781461465676
ISBN (Print)1461465664, 9781461465669
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • Acid maltase deficiency
  • Malignant hyperthermia
  • Periodic paralysis
  • inspiratory force
  • muscular dystrophy
  • myasthenia gravis
  • pulmonary function tests
  • vital capacity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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