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Involvement of myasthenia gravis patients in physiotherapy and physical activities

Marija Marinović ; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Mirjana Telebuh orcid id ; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Iva Lončarić Kelečić orcid id ; Klinički zavod za rehabilitaciju i ortopedska pomagala, KBC Zagreb, Hrvatska
Gordana Grozdek Čovčić orcid id ; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Želimir Bertić orcid id ; Zavod za javno zdravstvo Bjelovarsko-bilogorske županije, Hrvatska
Mihaela Grubišić orcid id ; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, Zagreb, Hrvatska

Puni tekst: hrvatski pdf 204 Kb

str. 37-45

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Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease in which organism produces antibodies against receptors located on muscle cells thus preventing transmission of stimuli from nerves to muscles. Muscles tire rapidly and muscle weakness occurs. The aim of this study was to examine the functionality in the daily life of patients with myasthenia gravis related to gender, thymus surgery and incontinence, and to examine the involvement of patients in the physiotherapy process and other forms of physical activity.

211 subjects diagnosed with myasthenia gravis were included in the research - 181 women (85.8%) and 30 men (14.2%) with the mean age of 39 years. Results of this research show that most subjects believe that planned physical activity aggravates their health status, does not affect it, or they are not aware of the effects it has on their health; they are less physically active and most do not undergo a physiotherapy treatment or do other physical activity. A statistically significant difference in functioning in daily life was established in subjects who had undergone a thymectomy (p < 0.00) and those with incontinence problems (p < 0.00). Myasthenia gravis undoubtedly leads to a poorer functioning in daily life and educating myasthenia gravis patients on the importance of therapeutic exercise brings about benefits such as improving their functioning in activities of daily living (ADL).

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myasthenia gravis, physiotherapy, therapeutic exercise, incontinence, functioning in daily life

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