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Effects of an intensive 4-week summer camp on cystic fibrosis: pulmonary function, exercise tolerance, and nutrition.
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PMID:  11948041     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients prefer exercise to most other forms of therapy, although objective improvement remains controversial. Israeli CF patients have attended a summer program in Switzerland for many years with subjective improvement. However, CF camps worldwide have been cancelled recently, due to fears of cross-infection with resistant organisms. Therefore, we evaluated the effect of attending the camp on pulmonary function, exercise tolerance, and nutritional state in CF patients. DESIGN: Weight, resting pulmonary function, incremental exercise test results, and sputum culture findings were assessed before and after a 4-week intensive summer camp. SETTING: Davos, Switzerland (altitude, 1,500 m). PATIENTS: Thirteen Israeli CF patients (seven women and six men) with an age range of 9 to 25 years who had mild-to-moderate lung disease. No patients had Burkholderia cepacia detected in their sputum. INTERVENTIONS: The program included a high-calorie diet, chest physiotherapy, daily mountain climbing, and indoor activities. Arterial oxygen saturation (SaO(2)) was maintained at > 88% during exertion. RESULTS: Exercise tolerance improved significantly. The peak work capacity increased by 12.7%, the maximal oxygen uptake increased by 10%, and minute ventilation increased by 18.5% (p < 0.0005). Of the calculated parameters, the anaerobic threshold improved by 17%. Ventilation was always the limiting factor during exercise, although it improved. There was no significant change in resting lung function and pulse or in SaO(2) decline at maximal exercise. The mean weight gain was 1 kg. No patient acquired B cepacia. CONCLUSIONS: An intensive summer camp improved exercise tolerance and nutrition in CF patients. This may explain improved patient well-being despite unchanged values for resting lung function. The reinstitution of summer camps, with special care to avoid cross-infection, should be considered.
Hannah Blau; Huda Mussaffi-Georgy; Gershon Fink; Chaim Kaye; Amir Szeinberg; Shimon A Spitzer; Jacob Yahav
Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  121     ISSN:  0012-3692     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-11     Completed Date:  2002-05-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1117-22     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel, Petah Tikva, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Cystic Fibrosis / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Exercise* / physiology
Exercise Test
Follow-Up Studies
Lung Volume Measurements*
Mountaineering / physiology
Oxygen / blood
Physical Endurance / physiology
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