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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2017 June;53(3):462-5

DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.16.04408-7

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Cardiac rehabilitation in an adolescent with DiGeorge Syndrome

Dong-Joo, KIM, Ka-Young LEE, Yuri CHOE, Jae-Young HAN , In-Sung CHOI

Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Regional Cardiocerebrovascular Center, Center for Aging and Geriatrics, Chonnam National University Medical School and Hospital, Gwangju, South Korea


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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.


KEY WORDS: DiGeorge Syndrome - Tetralogy of Fallot - Rehabilitation - Quality of life

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