Respiratory function in neuromuscular disorders

Professor Dominic Fitzgerald, MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Paediatric respiratory and sleep physician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW.

THE diagnosis of neuromuscular weakness can be challenging for clinicians, and one that involves a detailed physical examination and specialist investigations.

There can be a heterogeneous phenotype for some conditions, but some of the more common ones, like Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), can be suspected on