Signs and symptoms of respiratory impairment

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Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive and terminal disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. Respiratory muscle weakness occurs eventually in everyone with MND and ventilatory failure is the most common cause of death.

Most commonly, respiratory symptoms occur as the condition progresses. However, very occasionally, acute respiratory problems are the presenting feature of MND with a diagnosis made after an acute admission to hospital.

Early referral to a respiratory specialist is vital if one or more of these occur:

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262