Oxygen use in ALS

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maypema

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Hi,
Here is my second question. Does anyone know of a simple, well researched article concerning the dangers of oxygen use in ALS? I would like to have a document that I could share with health care providers.
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landscape

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Here's one brief comment in the Canadian Family Physician:
http://www.cfpc.ca/cfp/2006/Dec/vol52-dec-cme-strong.asp

"Oxygen therapy should not be considered for ALS patients except as a comfort measure. Delivery of oxygen alone can suppress respiratory drive and lead to worsening hypercapnia. Oxygen should be prescribed to ALS patients only as a palliative measure to relieve symptoms of air hunger in the terminal phases of the disease."

And a more extensive article (which I've not read through yet) from the Mayo Clinic titled "Severe Hypercapnia After Low-Flow Oxygen Therapy in Patients With Neuromuscular Disease and Diaphragmatic Dysfunction". Using some of these key words e.g. 'hypercapnia' 'oxygen' and 'ALS' may provide more articles.
http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.com/inside.asp?a=1&ref=7004a2
 
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