Respiratory Muscle Training for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Respiratory Muscle Training for children with Duchenne Muscular DystrophyRespiratory muscle training can improve respiratory muscle strength and endurance in children and young adults with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Acute respiratory failure associated with respiratory infection is the most frequent reason for unplanned hospital admission, and chronic respiratory failure is a frequent cause of death. With appropriate intervention, the incidence of unplanned hospital admission can be reduced and life expectancy can be improved.

The British Thoracic Society has produced guidelines for respiratory management of children with neuromuscular weakness and provides recommendations that will aid the healthcare professional in delivering good quality patient care.

The guidelines have been deemed by the Editor to be of special interest or importance and the article is freely available: 'British Thoracic Society’s Respiratory Management of Children with Neuromuscular Weakness Guideline'

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