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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 182-184

Being ambulatory does not secure respiratory functions of Duchenne patients

1 Department of Pediatric Neurology, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Pediatrics, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Department of Pediatric Pulmonology, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Burak Tatli
Department of Pediatric Neurology, Istanbul Tip Fakültesi, Çocuk Sagligi ve Hastaliklari ABD., Sehremeni/Çapa, Istanbul
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.85889

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Aim: The aim of this work was to assess the respiratory functions of ambulatory Duchenne patients and to propose an earlier time period for intervention. Materials and Methods: Lung functions and North Star Ambulatory Assessment (NSAA) scores of Duchenne patients were evaluated simultaneously. Results: Thirty ambulatory Duchenne patients were included in this study. NSAA scores of the patients were directly correlated with arm abduction, arm adduction, and shoulder flexion strengths. Forced expiratory volume in 1 second percent predicted and forced vital capacity (FVC) percent predicted correlated inversely to age and to the NSAA score. Twelve of 13 patients with FVC values lower than 80% of predicted had NSAA scores below 24 points. None of the patients who were younger than 7 years had FVC values lower than 80% of predicted. Conclusion: Annual spirometry is necessary for Duchenne patients older than 6 years regardless of the ambulatory status.

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