Pneumonia Lung Problems


Lung problems mostly occur during the advanced stage of the disease. Here too the weakness of the breathing muscles is not the main problem, because with MD in the worst case the breathing muscles are slightly affected. Chronic mechanical respiration, which is sometimes necessary with other muscular diseases, is seldom necessary with MD-patients.

The main problem with MD is the acute pneumonia. It is often caused by choking, though the patient is not always aware of it. Obviously he is choking on saliva when asleep, because swallowing is more difficult when lying down than being upright. Pneumonia mostly starts in the lower lobe of the lungs, but it can extend within a few days and become a serious and dangerous infection of a complete lung. This should be treated quickly with antibiotics and cough-medicine. Often admittance to hospital is necessary and sometimes patients require temporarily a mechanical ventilator at an Intensive Care. Sometimes the trachea must be sucked out with a bronchoscope, a flexible thin pipe, slid through the trachea by a lung-physician. Often this way of fighting pneumonia is successful. With some patients who frequently choke, within a few years several times pneumonia occurs. This can be prevented by sleeping at night in upright position, thus preventing choking.. In this case it is wise not to eat in the evening because from a filled stomach sometimes  food is belched up, which can reach the lungs

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  1. Hi Richard,
    I found your site as I was researching information on Myotonic Dystrophy and pneumonia. Our daughter has the adult onset and both of her sons have the congenital form. Her eldest son (who our duaghter wants to be known as, Brian) is 16 was to the doctor yesterday after having flu like symptoms for the weekend. The family physician prescribed an anitbiotic orally. He felt that Brian may have early pneumonia or the flu, but felt either way since he was able to walk into the office and his fever had come down some, the anitbiotic would suffice.
    Brian’s Mom (who wants to be known as Christin) called me, a retired RN and asked me to listen to his breathing on the phone. I’d never heard ‘crackles’ so loud since our youngest daughter had pneumonia and I’d heard that sound with the aid of a stethescope.
    Brian’s father said his breathing was shallow and very rapid and the color return in his fingertips was slow. So, we were both concerned about oxygen saturation. I suggested he be taken immediately to the Emergency Department of our local hospital along with the oral anitbiotic and the information sheet on myotonic dystrophy, since so few residents and interns are aware of how to effectively treat patients with this condition.

    I guess, since you recently joined my facebook site on Myotonic Dystrophy – Our Family’s Journey, I though it so concidental that I should find your site, too. I also need some reassurance that I gave them the correct advise.
    And thank your for you comment on my site and your advise to move to a warmer climate. It would be nice, however not financially feasible for them at this time.
    This is a link to my blog:

    Thanks you for your patience with me,


    Catherine Kelly-White

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