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Correlates of Exercise Capacity in Pediatric Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis.
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PMID:  23800461     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric patients on chronic hemodialysis (HD) are at high risk of inactivity and poor physical fitness. The aim of this study was to assess the main correlates of exercise capacity in a cohort of children and young adults on chronic HD.
METHODS: Twelve patients on chronic HD (median age 15.6 years; range 9.1-24.2) underwent a 6-minute walking test (WT), spirometry, a 1-minute chair stand test, and the measurement of lower extremity strength. Demographic data, anthropometry (dry weight, height, body mass index, and skinfold thickness, all expressed as standard deviation scores [SDS]), biochemistry (serum albumin, hemoglobin, creatinine, C-reactive protein, bicarbonate), bioimpedance analysis, HD adequacy indices (spKt/V and eKt/V), left ventricular mass index, and medications were also recorded.
RESULTS: There was a significant correlation among the distance covered during the WT (median 552 m, range 186-670), forced vital capacity (87.8% of predicted, range 49.7-136), forced expiratory volume in 1 second (86.7%, range 54.7-126.7), and peak expiratory flow (75.5%, 49.7-105.1). All of these indices positively correlated with the weight SDS (r 0.69-0.85), pre-HD serum creatinine (0.57-0.77), and serum albumin (0.60-0.77) and negatively correlated with weekly erythropoietin dose per kilogram of body weight (from -0.64 to -0.83), with P values ranging from <.05 to <.0005. Lower extremity strength (median 11.5 kg, range 3-15) positively correlated with the number of stands at the chair stand test (median 33, range 18-47; r 0.73, P < .05) and serum albumin (r 0.83, P < .01). Distance at the WT, forced vital capacity, lower extremity strength, and the number of stands at the chair stand test all negatively correlated with C-reactive protein levels (r from -0.81 to -0.67, P < .05).
CONCLUSION: Our findings show that protein-energy wasting and chronic inflammation are strongly correlated with the exercise capacity of children and young adults on chronic HD.
Fabio Paglialonga; Amalia Lopopolo; Rosalia Viviana Scarfia; Maria Albina Galli; Silvia Consolo; Anna Brivio; Maria Rosa Grassi; Simona Salera; Alberto Edefonti
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-6-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of renal nutrition : the official journal of the Council on Renal Nutrition of the National Kidney Foundation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-8503     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ren Nutr     Publication Date:  2013 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-6-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9112938     Medline TA:  J Ren Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 National Kidney Foundation, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy. Electronic address:
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