Diaphragm pacemaker: alternative for long-term ventilatory support; 5 years later

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Currently, more than 3000 patients in the Netherlands receive long-term ventilatory support. In the majority of patients, long-term ventilatory support leads to increased survival without any complications. Diaphragm pacing with an external pacemaker (diaphragm pacing system, DPS) seems an attractive alternative for long-term ventilatory support by mask or tracheostomy. Scientific research has since shown that DPS is effective in patients with high cervical paraplegia. In addition, patients with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome are also eligible for DPS. Patients with diaphragm paralysis are a new group of patients who may be eligible for DPS. Two European studies have shown that DPS should not be used in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In our experience, patients are no longer completely dependent on a ventilator or may even be able to discontinue using one if the procedure was successful. In the Netherlands, as far as we know, the technique is only used at the University Medical Center Groningen.

Translated title of the contributionDiaphragm pacemaker: alternative for long-term ventilatory support; 5 years later
Original languageDutch
Number of pages3
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Publication statusPublished - 4-Apr-2019

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