Mechanical insufflation-exsufflation for an individual with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and a lower respiratory infection

Emma Koenig, Bhajan Singh, Jamie Wood

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Abstract

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive myopathy associated with progressive muscle weakness and wasting, loss of ambulation, respiratory insufficiency, weak cough, repeated respiratory infections, and ultimately death from respiratory failure in early adulthood. Mechanical insufflation-exsufflation (MI-E) devices, such as the CoughAssist®, are used in individuals with neuromuscular weakness to augment cough and help clear secretions; however, there is no consensus on the optimal treatment regimen. We present the challenging case of a patient with DMD admitted to a tertiary hospital with a severe lower respiratory infection, and discuss how MI-E was used by physiotherapists to assist secretion clearance and prevent further deterioration. We present the challenging case of an individual with Duchenne muscular dystrophy admitted to a tertiary hospital with a lower respiratory infection, and discuss how mechanical insufflation-exsufflation was used and could be further optimized by physiotherapists aiming to improve cough and clear secretions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00210
JournalRespirology Case Reports
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

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