Supplementary Material for: Consensus-Based Care Recommendations for Pulmonologists Treating Adults with Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1

  • Miguel Goncalves (Contributor)
  • David Orlikowski (Contributor)
  • Peter Wijkstra (Contributor)
  • Daphne Mass (Contributor)
  • Elisa Falcier (Contributor)
  • Valeria A. Sansone (Contributor)
  • Elisa De Mattia (Contributor)
  • Matthias Boentert (Contributor)
  • Michelle Cao (Contributor)
  • Leah Hellerstein (Contributor)
  • Giulia Sannicolo (Contributor)
  • Sherri Lynne Katz (Contributor)
  • Venessa Holland (Contributor)



Purpose of Review: Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is a severe, progressive genetic disease that affects approximately 1 in 2,500 individuals globally [Ashizawa et al.: Neurol Clin Pract 2018;8(6):507–20]. In patients with DM1, respiratory muscle weakness frequently evolves, leading to respiratory failure as the main cause of death in this patient population, followed by cardiac complications [de Die-Smulders et al.: Brain 1998;121(Pt 8):1557–63], [Mathieu et al.: Neurology 1999;52(8):1658–62], [Groh et al.: Muscle Nerve 2011;43(5):648–51]. This paper provides a more detailed outline on the diagnostic and management protocols, which can guide pulmonologists who may not have experience with DM1 or who are not part of a neuromuscular multidisciplinary clinic. A group of neuromuscular experts in DM1 including pulmonologists, respiratory physiotherapists and sleep specialists discussed respiratory testing and management at baseline and during follow-up visits, based on their clinical experience with patients with DM1. The details are presented in this report. Recent Findings: Myotonic recruited 66 international clinicians experienced in the treatment of people living with DM1 to develop and publish consensus-based care recommendations targeting all body systems affected by this disease [Ashizawa et al.: Neurol Clin Pract. 2018;8(6):507–20]. Myotonic then worked with 12 international respiratory therapists, pulmonologists and neurologists with long-standing experience in DM respiratory care to develop consensus-based care recommendations for pulmonologists using a methodology called the Single Text Procedure. This process generated a 7-page document that provides detailed respiratory care recommendations for the management of patients living with DM1. This consensus is completely based on expert opinion and not backed up by empirical evidence due to limited clinical care data available for respiratory care management in DM patients. Nevertheless, we believe it is of relevance for professionals treating adults with myotonic dystrophy because it addresses practical issues related to respiratory management and care, which have been adapted to meet the specific issues in patients with DM1. Summary: The resulting recommendations are intended to improve respiratory care for the most vulnerable of DM1 patients and lower the risk of untoward respiratory complications and mortality by providing pulmonologist who are less experienced with DM1 with practical indications on which tests and when to perform them, adapting the general respiratory knowledge to specific issues related to this multiorgan disease.
Date made available1-Apr-2020
PublisherUniversity of Groningen

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