What is included in the long-term outpatient treatment of hypoventilation syndromes?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Jazeela Fayyaz, DO; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Noninvasive mechanical ventilation can be continued in the outpatient setting. Bilevel PPV can be used for long-term treatment of patients with a hypoventilation syndrome.

Furthermore, patients with a hypoventilation syndrome improve with nocturnal noninvasive mechanical ventilation only. Clinical studies have shown improvements in hypercapnia and hypoxia after treatment with nocturnal noninvasive bilevel PPV in patients with COPD with associated hypoventilation, a neuromuscular disorder, OHS, or kyphoscoliosis.


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