6-minute walk testing is more sensitive than maximal incremental cycle testing for detecting oxygen desaturation in patients with COPD.

@article{Poulain20036minuteWT,
  title={6-minute walk testing is more sensitive than maximal incremental cycle testing for detecting oxygen desaturation in patients with COPD.},
  author={Magali Poulain and Fabienne Durand and Bernard Palomba and François Ceugniet and Jacques Desplan and Alain Varray and Christian G. Prefaut},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2003},
  volume={123 5},
  pages={1401-7}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVES Some respiratory patients exhibit oxygen desaturation during rehabilitative walking but not during maximal cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). We evaluated exercise-induced desaturation during 6-min walk testing (6MWT) in comparison with CPET in patients with COPD and determined the reproducibility of the phenomenon. PATIENTS We tested 80 consecutive patients with COPD (FEV(1), 62.4 +/- 2% predicted) and 10 patients with supplementary COPD (FEV(1), 59.1 +/- 5% predicted… CONTINUE READING

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