Physical training and fatigue, fitness, and quality of life in Guillain-Barré syndrome and CIDP

M. P.J. Garssen*, J. B.J. Bussmann, P. I.M. Schmitz, A. Zandbergen, T. G. Welter, I. S.J. Merkies, H. J. Stam, P. A. Van Doorn

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Abstract

Many patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) experience excessive fatigue, which may persist for years and reduce quality of life. The authors performed a 12-week study of bicycle exercise training in 20 patients with severe fatigue, 16 with relatively good recovery from GBS, and 4 with stable CIDP. Training seemed well tolerated, and self-reported fatigue scores decreased 20% (p = 0.001). Physical fitness, functional outcome, and quality of life were improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2393-2395
Number of pages3
JournalNeurology
Volume63
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2004

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