Aerobic capacity in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis patients and healthy children

Manuela Jasso Giannini, Elizabeth J. Protas

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    28 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    This study compared aerobic capacity and highest work load completed by children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and healthy children during bicycle ergometer exercise. A secondary purpose was to determine the relationship between measures of disease severity and (a) aerobic capacity and (b) highest work load completed among the JRA patients. Aerobic capacity was measured using an open‐circuit computerized gas analysis system. Sixteen patients with JRA and 16 healthy children were matched for age, sex, and body surface area. The healthy children achieved a significantly higher aerobic capacity than their respective control (p < 0.001, paired test, two‐tailed). The healthy children were able to complete higher work loads than their respective control (p < 0.01, Wilcoxon matchedpairs signed‐rank test). There was no relationship between measures of articular disease severity and (a) aerobic capacity and (b) highest work load completed among the JRA patients. Results of this study provide specific direction to clinicians to initiate aerobic conditioning programs for children with JRA soon after diagnosis. Additionally, an individual's functional exercise capacity is not directly related to the severity of the articular disease.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)131-135
    Number of pages5
    JournalArthritis & Rheumatism
    Volume4
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 1991

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Immunology and Allergy
    • Rheumatology
    • Immunology
    • Pharmacology (medical)

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'Aerobic capacity in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis patients and healthy children'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this