Acute Neurological Ventilatory Failure

Causes

  1. Guillain-Barré syndrome
  2. Myaesthenia gravis
  3. (Polymyositis)
  4. (Botulism)
  5. (Poliomyositis)

Pathology

Investigation

ABG, O2 esp. at night
FVC<1 l → ITU.
FVC<1.5 l + bulbar failure → ITU

Treatment

Mechanical ventilation. Early tracheostomy if long term ventilation.