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Motor neurone disease presenting as polycythaemia.

Santana-Vaz, Natasha and Bwika, Jumaa and Morley, Kirstie and Mukherjee, Rahul (2014) Motor neurone disease presenting as polycythaemia. BMJ case reports, 2014. ISSN 1757-790X.

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Abstract

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a chronic, progressive and currently incurable neurodegenerative disorder. This case report discusses an instance of MND presenting initially as polycythaemia, caused via insidious respiratory failure through ventilatory insufficiency. This case aims to improve clinicians' awareness of this atypical presentation and highlights the need for a high index of suspicion of respiratory failure in any patient with polycythaemia. Finally it demonstrates an improvement in quality of life associated with the use of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in a patient with MND.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WF Respiratory system. Respiratory medicine
WL Nervous system. Neurology
Divisions: Clinical Support > Anaesthetics
Planned IP Care > Respiratory Medicine
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Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 14:06
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2015 12:12
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/510

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