Biot's breathing in a woman with fatal familial insomnia: Is there a role for noninvasive ventilation?

Luis Fernando Casas-Mendez, Manel Lujan, Laura Vigil, Gemma Sansa

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    Abstract

    We present the case of a 48-year-old woman suffering from fatal familial insomnia (FFI) - a rare prion disease - who developed Biot's breathing and secondary respiratory failure during the early stages of the illness. Once hypercapnia was detected a trial of nocturnal noninvasive ventilation (NIV) was offered with important improvement of arterial blood gases (ABG), and subjective good quality of sleep. To our knowledge, this is the first report in the medical literature of the use of NIV in the management approach of this devastating disease. Its impact on the prognosis and survival of these patients, however, is yet to be elucidated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)89-91
    JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2011

    Keywords

    • Fatal familial insomnia
    • Noninvasive ventilation
    • Prions

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