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Clin Nephrol. 2013 Jan;79 Suppl 1:S28-33.

High-tone external muscle stimulation in endstage renal disease: effects on quality of life in patients with peripheral neuropathy.

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KfH Kidney Center, Würzburg, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

High-tone external muscle stimulation (HTEMS) has been shown to ameliorate painful peripheral neuropathy of dialysis patients. We hypothesized that HTEMS could also lead to improved parameters of health-related quality of life (HRQOL).

METHODS:

25 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients (17 men/8 women, mean age 62.2 ± 14.2 years) were enrolled for the study. For evaluation of HRQOL the short form SF-36 was used. In addition, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the pain severity score were investigated. HTEMS was applied intradialytically for 1 hour, 3 times a week. Its effect was evaluated just before the beginning and both 6 and 12 weeks after onset of this study.

RESULTS:

SF-36 showed a significant effect of time for the subscales of physical role functioning and social functioning. A marginal significant positive trend could be observed for physical functioning. The pain symptom questionnaire sum scores improved significantly after 12 weeks. The HADS did not change significantly.

CONCLUSION:

The data indicate that intradialytic HTEMS treatment of ESRD patients with peripheral neuropathy ameliorates various components of physical health.

PMID:
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