Hypoventilation: neuromuscular and chest wall disorders.

  title={Hypoventilation: neuromuscular and chest wall disorders.},
  author={Roger S Goldstein},
  journal={Clinics in chest medicine},
  volume={13 3},
Patients with neuromuscular and chest wall disorders are vulnerable at night when alterations in ventilatory mechanics and control associated with their disease are imposed on the changes in mechanics and control associated with sleep. The physiologic and clinical consequences of these events may be reversed by nocturnal mechanical ventilatory support.