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Respiratory Function and Walking Capacity in Multiple Sclerosis

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 23, 2013
Last Update Posted : January 18, 2017
Örebro County Council
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Anna Wittrin, Region Örebro County

Brief Summary:

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic progressive neurological disease. Respiratory dysfunction due to weakness in the respiratory musculature has been described in MS. This leads to increased morbidity and mortality in late stages of the disease. It is possible that respiratory dysfunction influence physical fitness in earlier stages as well. Walking disability and fatigue causes significant impact on health in patients with MS, even in earlier stages.

The hypothesis is that there is a relationship between respiratory function, walking capacity and fatigue and that daily deep breathing exercise during two months will improve respiratory function, walking capacity and fatigue.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Multiple Sclerosis Respiratory; Disorder, Functional, Impaired Difficulty Walking Other: Breathing exercises Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Presented above.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Respiratory Function and Walking Capacity in Multiple Sclerosis
Study Start Date : September 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2014

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Breathing exercises
Daily deep breathing exercises during two month
Other: Breathing exercises
Breathing exercises with positive expiratory pressure.

No Intervention: Control
Control group

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Respiratory muscle strength [ Time Frame: Two months ]
    Maximum expiratory pressure

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Inhabitant in Orebro county, Sweden, that are diagnosed with MS according to the revised McDonald criteria and registered in the Swedish MS-registry with EDSS (Expanded disability status scale) score in the interval ≥ 3.0 - ≤ 7.0.
  • Participants must understand verbal and written information and must be relapse free ≥ 3 months prior to inclusion.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with diseases that may have influence on walking ability and respiratory function (other than MS). Such conditions include heart and lung diseases, orthopedic disorders, patients recently subjected to surgery, and non-MS related neurological dysfunction.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01774201

Sponsors and Collaborators
Region Örebro County
Örebro County Council
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Principal Investigator: Elisabeth Westerdahl, Phd Department of Physiotherapy, Örebro University Hospital
Publications of Results:
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Responsible Party: Anna Wittrin, Phd, Region Örebro County Identifier: NCT01774201    
Other Study ID Numbers: OLL-260361
First Posted: January 23, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 18, 2017
Last Verified: January 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Anna Wittrin, Region Örebro County:
Multiple sclerosis
Physical endurance
Respiratory function
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Respiration Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Mobility Limitation
Pathologic Processes
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Demyelinating Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Respiratory Tract Diseases