Is the effect of non-invasive ventilation on survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis age-dependent?

@inproceedings{Siirala2013IsTE,
  title={Is the effect of non-invasive ventilation on survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis age-dependent?},
  author={Waltteri Siirala and Riku Aantaa and Klaus T. Olkkola and Tarja Saaresranta and Arno Vuori},
  booktitle={BMC palliative care},
  year={2013}
}
BACKGROUND Hypoventilation due to respiratory muscle atrophy is the most common cause of death as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Patients aged over 65 years and presenting bulbar symptoms are likely to have a poorer prognosis. The aim of the study was to assess the possible impact of age and treatment with non-invasive ventilation (NIV) on survival in ALS. Based on evidence from earlier studies, it was hypothesized that NIV increases rates of survival regardless of age… CONTINUE READING
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