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Physiother Res Int. 2018 Oct;23(4):e1727. doi: 10.1002/pri.1727. Epub 2018 Jul 2.

Cirrhosis affects maximal oxygen consumption, functional capacity, quality of life in patients with hepatitis C.

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1
School of Physical Education, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
2
Gastroenterology, Liver Transplantation Program, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
3
Laboratory of Exercise Research, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
4
Course of Physiotherapy, Cel, Centro Universitário Metodista IPA, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
5
Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim is assess, compare, and correlate maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max. ), functional capacity and quality of life in cirrhotic patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and in healthy individuals.

METHODS:

This case-control study included 36 participants (18 patients with HCV cirrhosis and 18 healthy individuals) matched for sex and age. VO2max was assessed using ergospirometry with an incremental load test on a cycloergometer. Functional capacity was measured by a 6-min walk test (6WT), and quality of life was assessed using the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36).

RESULTS:

Both the cirrhotic group and the control group had similar results for sex (44.4% male) and age (55.6 ± 8.31 and 55.2 ± 8.85 years, respectively). The cirrhotic group scored lower in all domains of the SF-36, on the VO2max test (cirrhotic group 16.2 [11.6-18.6] ml/kg/min; control group 19.9 [16.28-26.9]; p = 0.007) and on the 6WT (cirrhotic group 521.5 [476.25-544.75] m; control group 618.0 [570.75-643.75] m; p = 0.0001). Correlations were found between the 6WT and the VO2max (r = 0.801, p < 0.0001) and between the 6WT and quality of life (SF-361-functional capacity domain; r = 0.552, p = 0.018) only in the cirrhotic group.

CONCLUSION:

Patients with cirrhosis due to HCV show changes in VO2max and in functional capacity, which have a significant impact on their quality of life.

KEYWORDS:

exercise; health-related quality of life; liver cirrhosis; physical therapy

PMID:
29963759
DOI:
10.1002/pri.1727
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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