An Overview of Respiratory Treatments for Individuals With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis1 Given the limited life expectancy of individuals diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the high likelihood that patients will suffer from a breathing difficulty and an encumbered airway, promoting the highest level in the ability to maintain an open and clear airway is of the utmost importance to patients ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2013
An Overview of Respiratory Treatments for Individuals With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis1 
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  • Stuart Cleary
    University of Alberta—Speech Pathology and AudiologyEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Janice Richman-Eisenstat
    University of Alberta—Pulmonary Rehabilitation MedicineEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Disclosure: Stuart Cleary and Janice Richman-Eisenstat have no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Stuart Cleary and Janice Richman-Eisenstat have no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2013
An Overview of Respiratory Treatments for Individuals With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis1 
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2013, Vol. 22, 17-25. doi:10.1044/sasd22.1.17
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2013, Vol. 22, 17-25. doi:10.1044/sasd22.1.17

Given the limited life expectancy of individuals diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the high likelihood that patients will suffer from a breathing difficulty and an encumbered airway, promoting the highest level in the ability to maintain an open and clear airway is of the utmost importance to patients and their families. In this article, authors describe the basic mechanisms of neuromuscular-induced respiratory failure and explain the underlying physiological rationale for four commonly used respiratory treatments in cases of advanced ALS. The article also includes research on the use of manual breath stacking to improve coughing and airway clearance while swallowing.

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