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Neurology. 2004 Jul 13;63(1):176-8.

Ventilatory support in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.

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Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Nijmegen, Reinier Postlaan 4, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Respiratory insufficiency due to respiratory muscle weakness is a common complication of many neuromuscular diseases. The prevalence of respiratory failure in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is unknown. The authors identified 10 FSHD patients on nocturnal ventilatory support at home, representing approximately 1% of the Dutch FSHD population. Severe muscle disease, wheelchair dependency, and kyphoscoliosis appeared to be risk factors for respiratory failure.

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