Respiratory effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Problems and solutions

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Most patients die from respiratory complications. Fortunately, there are a growing number of treatment options that can improve both survival and quality of life for patients with ALS. This review discusses the respiratory evaluation and treatment of patients with ALS, about which a great deal is known. It also includes material on related problems, such as speech and swallowing difficulties and end-of-life care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-881
Number of pages11
JournalRespiratory care
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006


  • ALS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Diaphragm
  • Pulmonary function
  • Respiratory muscles
  • Ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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