Fabio Grunspun Pitta

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BACKGROUND It is important to include large sample sizes and different factors that influence the six-minute walking distance (6MWD) in order to propose reference equations for the six-minute walking test (6 MWT). OBJECTIVE To evaluate the influence of anthropometric, demographic, and physiologic variables on the 6 MWD of healthy subjects from different(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare equations for predicting peak quadriceps femoris (QF) muscle force; to determine the agreement among the equations in identifying QF muscle weakness in COPD patients; and to assess the differences in characteristics among the groups of patients classified as having or not having QF muscle weakness by each equation. METHODS Fifty-six(More)
This study tested the validity of revolutions per minute (RPM) measurements from the Pennington Pedal Desk™. Forty-four participants (73 % female; 39 ± 11.4 years-old; BMI 25.8 ± 5.5 kg/m2 [mean ± SD]) completed a standardized trial consisting of guided computer tasks while using a pedal desk for approximately 20 min. Measures of RPM were concurrently(More)
Introduction to the editorial " Development of a syllabus for postgraduate respiratory physiotherapy education: the HERMES Respiratory Physiotherapy project " (Força-tarefa da European Respiratory Society para harmonização da educação na especialidade de Fisioterapia Respiratória: uma iniciativa de abrangência mundial)
Patient MSV, a 61-year-old woman born in Penteado, Alagoas, Brazil and residing in São Paulo was hospitalized for decompensated heart failure (HF). Approximately 1 year before, she experienced dyspnea with moderate effort, and there was marked worsening over the last 3 months associated with orthopnea and lower limb edema. Laboratory tests from when the(More)
INTRODUCTION Spirometry should follow strict quality criteria. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) recommends the use of a noseclip; however there are controversies about its need. ATS also indicates that tests should be done in the sitting position, but there are no recommendations neither about position of the upper limbs and lower limbs nor about who(More)
OBJECTIVES Chemical pleurodesis is an important therapeutic tool to control recurrent malignant pleural effusion. Among the various sclerosing agents, iodopovidone is considered effective and safe. However, in a recent study, ocular changes were described after iodopovidone was used in recurrent pneumothorax. The aim of the study was to evaluate the(More)
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