Factors associated with dyspnea in adult patients with sickle cell disease

Christophe DelclauxFrédéric Galacteros


The aim of this prospective study was to determine the cardiorespiratory factors associated with dyspnea in patients with sickle cell SS-hemoglobin disease, with a specific interest in lung vascular involvement. Forty-nine patients (29 women and 20 men; mean [+/- SD] age: women, 29 +/- 6 years; men, 31 +/- 11 years) underwent direct evaluations (Borg scale evaluation during a 6-min walk test) and indirect evaluations (modified Medical Research Council [MRC]score) of their dyspnea, pulmonary function tests (PFTs) [spirometry, volumes, diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide (Dlco), diffusing capacity of the alveolar-capillary membrane, and pulmonary capillary blood volume measurements], echocardiography, and biological evaluation. Thirty-four patients complained of significant breathlessness (MRC score, > 1). Indirect and direct evaluations of dyspnea were correlated. PFT results depicted a very mild restrictive pattern (mean total pulmonary capacity, 86 +/- 11% predicted) and an impairment of Dlco (mean Dlco corrected for the degree of anemia, 69 +/- 13% predicted). The statistical analysis demonstrated that dyspnea and exercise performance were closely linked to indexes of Dlco but not with any echocardiographic or ...Continue Reading


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