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Revista Medica Herediana

Print version ISSN 1018-130XOn-line version ISSN 1729-214X

Abstract

REY DE CASTRO MUJICA, Jorge; PORTOCARRERO URDAY, Alexandra  and  VALDEZ FERNANDEZ-BACA, Luis Manuel. The difficult decision of mechanical ventilation in patients with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Report of two cases. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2006, vol.17, n.4, pp.246-249. ISSN 1018-130X.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive neurological disease that attacks motor neurons responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. The cognitive functions of the patient remain intact. In the advanced stages the respiratory muscles fail and the patient needs some modality of ventilatory support. Two cases with ALS bulbar form diagnosis were benefited from this therapeutic intervention in our city.

Keywords : ALS; ventilatory failure; mechanical ventilation.

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