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L. Evangelisti ; N. Ambrosino ;Revista Portuguesa de Pneumología 2013, 19 4

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Revista Portuguesa de Pneumología ISSN: 0873-2159 sppneumologia@mail.telepac.pt Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia Portugal di Paolo, M.; Evangelisti, L.; Ambrosino, N. Unexpected death of a ventilator-dependent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patient Revista Portuguesa de Pneumología, vol.
19, núm.
4, julio-agosto, 2013, pp.
175-178 Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia Lisboa, Portugal Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=169729142008 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Document downloaded from http:--http:--www.elsevier.pt, day 10-07-2013.
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2013;19(4):175---178 www.revportpneumol.org CASE REPORT Unexpected death of a ventilator-dependent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patient M.
di Paolo a , L.
Evangelisti a , N.
Ambrosino b,∗ a Legal Medicine --- Neuroscience Department, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy Pulmonary Unit, Cardio-Thoracic Department, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Weaning Center, University Hospital, Auxilium Vitae, Volterra, Pisa, Italy b Received 13 September 2012; accepted 18 December 2012 Available online 7 June 2013 KEYWORDS Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Acute respiratory failure; Home mechanical ventilation ∗ Abstract Background: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal, progressive, neurodegenerative disease and most patients affected die of respiratory compromise and-or pneumonia within 2---3 years of diagnosis.
As ALS progresses, ventilator assistance is required.
In the end stages of the disease, patients suffer from respiratory failure and may become ventilator-dependent.
Deaths due to malfunction of mechanical ventilators are repo...





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