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and this contributes to a more pronounced deficit in the motor function of the diaphragm.(17,39,40) As respiratory muscle weakness progresses, the use of noninvasive ventilatory support is indicated, helping to control nocturnal hypoventilation and sleep apnea syndrome, as well as acute and chronic respiratory failure.(14,21) Only one patient in our case series used this resource. Specific indications regarding when to start using ventilatory support in PD have not been described. The use of recommendations for neuromuscular diseases in general contributes to this process. Respiratory system involvement was present in 66.7% of our patient sample, and diaphragmatic

dysfunction as characterized by ∆FVC% > 25% was present in 50% of our series at diagnosis, suggesting that even if it is not the initial manifestation, respiratory system involvement may occur early in a significant number of cases. Further studies are needed for a better understanding of this involvement, especially of diaphragmatic dysfunction. The sign and symptom profile used by Llerena et al.(7) and Kishnani et al.,(22) the recommendations included in the International Pompe Disease Registry, and the respiratory management proposed by Ambrosino et al.(21) may be of great importance in the approach to patients with suspected PD or already diagnosed with PD.

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JBP - Volume 43, number 1, January-February 2017  

The Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology (JBP) publishes scientific articles that contribute to the improvement of knowledge in the field of the...

JBP - Volume 43, number 1, January-February 2017  

The Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology (JBP) publishes scientific articles that contribute to the improvement of knowledge in the field of the...