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February 16, 1976

Respiratory Failure in Neuromuscular DiseaseManagement in a Respiratory Intensive Care Unit

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine and the Respiratory Care Service, Medical College of Virginia, Health Sciences Division of the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

JAMA. 1976;235(7):733-735. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260330027017

Patients with neuromuscular disease frequently experience acute respiratory failure. Most require endotracheal intubation or tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation because of paralysis and inability to maintain adequate spontaneous respiration. The prognosis is usually excellent if ventilatory management is successful.

(JAMA 235:733-735, 1976)