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Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2005 Mar;5(2):147-52.

Neuromuscular disorders and sleep.

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Stanford University Sleep Disorders Clinic, 401 Quarry Road, - Suite 3301, Palo Alto, CA 94305, USA. Ibrahim.Oztura@deu.edu.tr

Abstract

Neuromuscular disorders are caused by the primary involvement of the motor unit. In these patients, sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) due to respiratory muscle weakness is often encountered during sleep. Because there is a tendency to overlook this disorder, all patients with neuromuscular disorders should be questioned about SDB. Overnight polysomnography is the best investigation for SDB and nocturnal desaturations. In the management of these patients, noninvasive intermittent positive pressure ventilation results in improvement of SDB and breathing.

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