ALS Respiratory Guide

Welcome to our educational guide on ALS respiratory challenges, support, intervention, and equipment. Find trusted information and helpful tips on the following topics.

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Respiratory Symptoms

Many people don't notice breathing difficulties until after their diagnosis.

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Respiratory Support

Respiratory specialists on your medical team can guide you every step of the way.

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Monitoring Breathing

Breathing tests help inform the care and equipment you will receive.

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Introduction to Respiratory Devices

Getting the right devices at the right time can make a significant difference.

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Mask and Interface Options

You can choose from a variety of masks that will work with your devices.

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Bilevel (BiPAP) Sleep Therapy

A bilevel machine can improve your quality of life and even help you live longer.

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Portable Noninvasive Ventilation (NIV)

Portable ventilators can provide breathing support when needed.

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Cough Assist Machine

This device can make you more comfortable by clearing your lungs and airway.

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Suction Machine

This device clears saliva from your mouth when you're having trouble swallowing.

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Invasive Mechanical Ventilation

After a tracheotomy, a ventilator attaches to a surgical opening in your windpipe.


Traveling with Your Devices

You can travel with your devices, but you'll need to be organized and plan ahead.

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This guide was created by Your ALS Guide, an educational website for families impacted by ALS.