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Effects of a respiratory physiotherapeutic program in liver transplantation candidates.
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PMID:  25131034     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Candidates for liver transplantation may have malnutrition, fatigue, loss of muscle mass and function. The combination of these factors leads to overall physical disability and physical inactivity.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of a respiratory physiotherapeutic program on liver transplantation candidates.
METHOD: Forty-two patients were evaluated by respiratory muscle strength, surface electromyography of the rectus abdominis and diaphragm, and spirometry. We also applied the SF-36. The patients were divided into two groups: 12 randomly assigned to the control group and 5 in the intervention group. The intervention consisted of an explanatory and illustrative manual to be followed at home with diaphragmatic breathing exercises, diaphragmatic isometric exercise, Threshold IMT, lifting the upper limbs with a bat, and strengthening the abdominals.
RESULTS: Significant difference was found between initial forced expiratory flow (FEF)25-75% (P = .042) and final FEF25-75 in the intervention group. The control group had significant difference (P = .036) in the diaphragm RMS between initial time and end time. In conclusion, the control group showed greater electrical activity of the diaphragm after 3 months.
CONCLUSION: The intervention group benefited from the exercise, thus improving the FEF25-75%.
V Limongi; D C Dos Santos; A M O da Silva; E C Ataide; M F T Mei; E Y Udo; I F S F Boin; R S B Stucchi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Transplantation proceedings     Volume:  46     ISSN:  1873-2623     ISO Abbreviation:  Transplant. Proc.     Publication Date:    2014 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-08-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0243532     Medline TA:  Transplant Proc     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1775-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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