Vitamin D, surface electromyography and physical function in uraemic patients

J. G. Heaf, S. Molsted, A. P. Harrison, P. Eiken, L. Prescott, I. Eidemak

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    Background: Muscle function is impaired in uraemic patients and several causes have been proposed. Deficiency of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD), which affects muscle function in non-uraemic patients, may very well also be associated with the myopathy found in these patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between 25-OHD and muscle function as well as physical function in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 21 adult patients with CKD stage 3-5 and 21 patients treated with PD were included. Standard biochemistry parameters were measured including 25-OHD, 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (1,25-OHD) and parathyroid hormone analysis. Muscle function was determined by 30-second surface electromyography (sEMG) recordings of a right thigh muscle (vastus lateralis) and a second left finger muscle (second dorsal interosseous) under voluntary contractions. Physical function was determined using a 30-second Chair Stand Test and the Short Form 36 quality of life questionnaire. Clinical characteristics were collected from the patient records. Results: Moderate vitamin 25-OHD deficiency (<40 nmol/l) was measured in 52% of patients with CKD and in 71% of the patients on PD. Severe deficiency (<15 nmol/l) was measured in 14% of patients on PD. There were no significant differences between the CKD and PD patients in terms of sEMG results. 25-OHD was not correlated to any results from the tests of sEMG or physical function. However, a higher sEMG frequency and signal root mean square (RMS) were positively associated with a higher Chair Stand Test score. Time to maximum sEMG frequency was negatively correlated to the Chair Stand Test score (p < 0.05), and positively correlated to the level of comorbidity (p < 0.05). sEMG signal peak-peak amplitude, frequency and RMS were positively correlated to the quality of life scales Physical Function, Role Physical, General Health, Vitality, Social Function, Mental Health, and Physical Component Scale (p < 0.001). Conclusions: 25-OHD deficiency was prevalent in uraemic patients in the present study. Muscle function as determined using sEMG and the Chair Stand Test was not associated with 25-OHD. The results may be biased by the limited variation in 25-OHD and masked by effects of several other variables in this very sick population.

    Sider (fra-til)c244-c250
    TidsskriftNephron - Clinical Practice
    Udgave nummer4
    StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2010


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