SESSION TITLE: Pulmonary Rehabilitation
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) leads to progressive muscular atrophy, muscle weakness in the upper and lower extremities, bulbar palsy, and finally death within 3-5 years due to respiratory failure caused by weakness of the respiratory muscles. Current guidelines recommend noninvasive ventilation (NIV) for symptomatic hypoventilation . Furthermore, several studies have shown that NIV has a positive effect on the quality of life. Inspite of these results, the proportion of ALS patients on tracheostomy invasive ventilation (IMV) is relatively high.