Breathlessness in Neurological Disease

Fliss Murtagh*, Rachel Burman, Polly Edmonds

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    While some aspects of breathlessness in neurological disease are common to various neurological diseases, some aspects are specific to particular ones. This chapter therefore addresses the pathophysiology of breathlessness in neurological diseases and considers the general management strategies for this symptom in this group of diseases. It also discusses the causes of shortness of breath in specific conditions such as Parkinson's disease, dementia, neurodegenerative diseases, and stroke. The chapter furthermore includes a discussion on the ethical considerations of palliative management and terminal sedation in patients with neurological disease or advanced disease.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDyspnoea in Advanced Disease: A guide to clinical management
    EditorsSarah Booth, Deborah Dudgeon
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)019853003X, 9780198530039
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • Breathlessness
    • Dementia
    • Ethical considerations
    • General management strategies
    • Neurodegenerative diseases
    • Neurological disease
    • Palliative management
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Stroke
    • Terminal sedation


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