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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Dyspnoea in motor neurone disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

Dyspnoea in motor neurone disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

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(p.317) Chapter 19 Dyspnoea in motor neurone disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0019

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

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