Sarcopenia in COPD: relationship with COPD severity and prognosis

  title={Sarcopenia in COPD: relationship with COPD severity and prognosis},
  author={Tatiana Munhoz da Rocha Lemos Costa and Fabio Marcelo Costa and Carolina Moreira and L{\^e}da Maria Rabelo and Cesar L Boguszewski and Vict{\'o}ria Zeghbi Cochenski Borba},
  booktitle={Jornal brasileiro de pneumologia : publicacao oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia},
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of sarcopenia in COPD patients, as well as to determine whether sarcopenia correlates with the severity and prognosis of COPD. METHODS A cross-sectional study with COPD patients followed at the pulmonary outpatient clinic of our institution. The patients underwent dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. The diagnosis of sarcopenia was made on the basis of the skeletal muscle index, defined as appendicular lean mass/height2 only for low-weight subjects and… CONTINUE READING