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Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Daniele Lo CocoEmail author
  • Santino Marchese
  • Albino Lo Coco
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Abstract

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of unknown origin that affects approximately 1.5 individuals per 100,000 every year; usually, these individuals are between 55 and 75 years of age [1]. ALS causes progressive weakness of voluntary muscle groups, including respiratory ones, and respiratory failure or pneumonia related to respiratory muscle weakness is the most frequent cause of death.

Keywords

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Force Vital Capacity Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Patient Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniele Lo Coco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Santino Marchese
    • 2
  • Albino Lo Coco
    • 3
  1. 1.ALS Clinical Research Center, Dipartimento Universitario di Neuroscienze Cliniche (DiNeC)University of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Respiratory Intensive Care Unit, Ospedale Civico e BenfratelliARNASPalermoItaly
  3. 3.Pulmonary Department and Respiratory Intensive Care Unit, Ospedale Civico e BenfratelliARNASPalermoItaly

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