Dr. Reshma Amin, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

This session will provide an overview of the evaluation of respiratory function and sleep disordered breathing in pediatric neuromuscular disease. The pathophysiology of breathing in neuromuscular disease including progression of dysfunction as well as the relevance of sleep will be discussed. The indications and methods for evaluation of respiratory function and sleep disordered breathing as well as the limitations in pediatrics will also be reviewed.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the physiology and pathophysiology of breathing in neuromuscular disease;
  • Recognize the indications and methods for evaluation of respiratory function in neuromuscular disease as well as their limitations in pediatrics; and
  • Discuss the evaluation and management of sleep disordered breathing in pediatric neuromuscular disease.