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EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL AND REHABILITATION MEDICINE
A Journal on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation after Pathological Events
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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2016 Nov 18
Cardiac rehabilitation in an adolescent with Digeorge syndrome: a case report
Dong J. KIM, Ka Y. LEE, Yuri CHOE, Jae Y. HAN, In S. CHOI ✉
Department of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Regional Cardiocerebrovascular Center, Center for Aging and Geriatrics, Chonnam National University Medical School & Hospital, Gwangju City, Republic of Korea
BACKGROUND: Digeorge syndrome is a rare disease that has variable clinical symptoms resulting from 22q11 deletions, included cardiac abnormality, abnormal face and thymic aplasia, and cognitive impairment. There was a no reports regarding the efficiency of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) in patients with Digeorge syndrome with tetralogy of fallot.
CASE REPORT: A 15-year-old girl with DGS visited our CR center. The patient carried out the exercise training 3 times a week for 6 weeks, using a treadmill with electrocardiogram monitoring. Exercise tolerance testing and Quality of life assessment were performed before and after 6 weeks of training. Improvement of aerobic capacity was not represented, but by her own estimation, her performance ability of daily activities was better than before.
CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT: Even though adolescents with congenital heart disease often limit themselves, or are restricted by others, from physical activity, CR should be recommended as a comprehensive health promotion strategy.