Managing Duchenne muscular dystrophy--the additive effect of spinal surgery and home nocturnal ventilation in improving survival.

@article{Eagle2007ManagingDM,
  title={Managing Duchenne muscular dystrophy--the additive effect of spinal surgery and home nocturnal ventilation in improving survival.},
  author={Michelle Eagle and John Bourke and Robert Bullock and Mike Gibson and Jwalant Mehta and Dave Giddings and Volker Straub and Katharine M. D. Bushby},
  journal={Neuromuscular disorders : NMD},
  year={2007},
  volume={17 6},
  pages={470-5}
}
OBJECTIVES To determine the long term survival in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) following spinal surgery and nocturnal ventilation. STUDY DESIGN A retrospective review of 100 consecutive patients born between 1970 and 1990 was conducted. RESULTS Forty-seven patients had surgical spinal fusion, 27 were subsequently ventilated. Fourteen patients received ventilation only. Thirty-nine patients received neither intervention. The age at which ventilation was required correlated… CONTINUE READING