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Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 01, 2020

[Sarcopenia – muscle loss – pathomechanism, clinical presentation and metabolic comorbidities]


[Sarcopenia, or the age-related involution of muscle strength and muscle mass, is a serious public health concern, due to the growing number of elderly population caused by nowadays demographic changes i.e. prolonged life expectancy. By ageing, the muscle tissue is shrinking gradually, leading to the loss of muscle strength and masses. This condition is called sarcopenia. Sar­co­penia is the simultaneous decrease of muscle mass, muscle strength and functional independence. In parallel the physical performance deteriorates (weakness, slowness and poor physical balancing). Fatigue, el­derly behaviour and weight loss are the consequences of these accumulating deficits, which associate with cognitive decline and result in increasing social isolation. The primary form of sarcopenia is the decrease of the energy production of muscle cells and then the death of muscle cells. Se­con­dary, endocrine dysfunctions, diseases of the nervous system, decreased physical activity, malnutrition or malabsorption, chronic infection accelerate the process and aggravate the patient’s condition. Complex genetic, biochemical and endocrine mechanisms take part in the development of sarcopenia. This involution is due to the impaired balance of restoring and depleting processes of muscles. A questionnaire and algorithm have been developed to recognize, screen and diagnose the risks of sarcopenic condition; these separate the sarcopenic and non-sarcopenic patients with specific cut-off values. Sar­co­penia can be diagnosed based on walking speed, decreased handgrip strength and measured or calculated muscle mass in persons over 65. Sarcopenia can be considered as a phenomenon of “physiological” aging, however, it becomes a disease when diagnostic cut-offs are exceeded and the patient experiences functional disability and declining quality of life. Prevention and treatment of sarcopenia and reducing the risk of falling are based on regular active resistance and coordination exercises. Options for pharmaceutical treatments are limited since despite of identified molecular targets there are no convincingly effective innovative therapy on the horizon. Nevertheless, there are some weak evidence for efficacy of the application of amino acids stimulating muscle cell differentiation, such as leucine or the analogue of beta-hydoxy-methylbutyrate beside exercise therapy.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MARCH 10, 2020

[Nutritional status, realizing sarcopenia and the importance of prehabilitation in surgical departments]

CSIBA Borbála, NAGY Ákos, LUKOVICH Péter, BAROK Bianka

[INTRODUCTION - Malnutrition can significantly influence the surgery’s outcomes. Currently, patients risk grouping is based on the body mass index (BMI), and the preparation for surgery is concerned only as nut­rients administration. PATIENTS AND METHODS - The Nutrition Support Team established in our Department is assessing first the patients’ nutritional status (BMI, MUST), sarcopenia (skinfold measure, handgrip strength) and fitness status (6 min step test, sit to stand test). Risk group patients were suggested nutrients and physiotherapy prior to the surgical operation. In order to follow up our patients we created an online interface and repeated the tests immediately before the operation. RESULTS - 135 cancer patients (76 male and 59 female) were operated. Their average age was 69.6 years. 33 patients had weight loss before the first consultation (average=8.7 kg). Their average BMI was 26.3. 21 patients had gained weight in the last 6 months (average=7.8 kg). Patients with left descending colon, liver - and also pancreatic tumors had overweight BMI values while the rest of pa­tients ill with right colon and stomach neo­plasm had normal weight. Those patients who we enrolled to the online system had better results at the second assessment. CONCLUSIONS - According to our survey, most of the patients had overweight BMI values but had sarcopenia based on anthropometric tests. Therefore, the importance of in time recognized and preoperatively started nutritional therapy must be coupled with the parallel applied physiotherapy. ]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

[Kidney diet and the patient compliance issue ]

LADÁNYI Erzsébet

[There have been significant developments in the field of nephrology and dialysis as for the science and technology are concerned in the past decades. However, CKD patients still show high mortality and morbidity. From among the several factors determining the long-term outcome of CKD patients metabolic disorder and malnutrition play an important role. Malnutrition is often not diagnosed or is not paid enough attention to in the complex treatment of CKD patients. It is important to make both the patients and clinical staff more aware of proper nutrition and importance of prevention and treatment of malnutrition, respectively. The early diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition is of utmost importance in CKD patients. The long term renal failure and the accompanying malnutrition have a negative impact on their long term outcome and quality of life. Since the malnutrition causes a lot of complications, it is indispensable for dietitians and nephrologists to work closely together. Patient compliance is a determining factor in the successful implementation of renal diet.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

[Role of ketoanalogue amino acids and diet in the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease]

KISS István, HARIS Ágnes, DEÁK György

[Low protein diet is an important component of the non-pharmacological treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Along with the diet it is important to maintain appropriate energy intake to avoid malnutrition. It is recommended to supplement low protein diet (0.6-0.7 g protein/kg body weight/day) with essential amino acids and their ketoanalogues (ketoacids) in a dose of 1 tablet/8-10 kg body weight if there is a threat of protein malnutrition (eg. vegan diet). Very low protein diet (0.3-0.4 g protein/kg body weight/day) should be supplemented with ketoacids in a dose of 1 tablet/5 kg body weight. Low protein diet is recommended for patients with CKD stage 3 and progressively declining renal function, or nephrotic syndrome; in diabetic nephropathy; in CKD stage 4 and non-dialyzed CKD stage 5. Nephroprotective effect of very low protein diet is primarily expected is patients with an eGFR below 20-25 ml/min/1.73 m2 and good compliance. Dietary protein restriction may diminish acidosis and proteinuria, slow the progression of CKD and delay initiation of dialysis. Diets reduced in protein supplemented with appropriate energy intake and ketoacids are nutritionally safe. Dietary education and guidance of patients by qualified dietitians are of great importance in nephrology clinics. We illustrate the main points of our review with case reports.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

AUGUST 30, 2017

[The importance of serum albumin level in patients with chronic renal disease on maintenance dialysis]

TÓTH Csitkovicsné Tünde, SZAKÁCS Gyuláné, KULCSÁR Imre

[The aim of the study: Evaluation of changes in serum albumin levels and their effects on mortality in chronic haemodialyzed (HD) population. Material and Methods: We analysed the serum albumin values and survival in 253 HD patients, in a retrospective observational study. Data were analyzed using Spearman-correlation, Cox-modell, endpoint analysis and Kaplan-meier analysis. Results: We did not find any significant correlation between serum albumin levels and gender or basic diseases, but the median serum albumin level was lower in patients with ages 65 years or older than in younger ones, and had decreased until observational period (5.4±3.0 years). Lower the serum albumin level the risk of mortality was higher (if the serum albumin level was <35 g/L versus >40 g/L), the HR was 5.69. Conclusions: The serum albumin level is a main indicator of the nutrition in dialyzed patients, but the target level would be different in older and younger patients. The serious malnutrition (lower serum albumin level) increases the risk of mortality in haemodialyzed patients.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

OCTOBER 30, 2014

[The malnutrition and the possibilities of its therapy in childhood]


[Malnutrition is a very important clinical condition in pediatrics. However, undernutrition as negative impact on length hospital stay, risk of infection and health care costs. Moerver, it also effects the cognitive development of children. STONG is an easy-to use screening tool that can be recorded in a few minutes, and it does not require special knowledge measurement or follow-up. In Kaposi Mór Hospital (Kaposvár) the risk of malnutrition was assessed by STRONG nutritonal risk screening tool in 31 patient of child-gastroenterology ambulatory (02.01.2014-30.06.2014). In case of malnutrition counselling and use of special formulas are essential besides evaluating tehe cause of malnutrition.]

Hypertension and nephrology

OCTOBER 20, 2013

[Nutritional status of hemodialysis patients, and the role of dietician in the complex care of renal patients]

POLNER Kálmán, KOVÁCS Lívia, HARIS Ágnes

[In chronic renal failure severe cardiovascular complications develop, which are the cause of death in 50% of the patients. According to recent results, behind the accelerated atherosclerosis, malnutrition and inflammation, developing in patients with chronic renal failure, play significant role. Malnutrition and inflammation show close relationship to the serum albumin level, which is an independent predictor of mortality. Authors studied the nutritional parameters of 94 chronically hemodialysis patients. Patients had been dialysed for more than three months, for 3×4-4.5 hours weekly. Among them 36% had diabetes. According to BMI (body mass index) 42.5% of the patients was normally nourished (20-24 kg/m2), 11.7% of them had malnutrition, 28.7% was overweight, and 17.1% was mildly or moderately obese. Subjective Global Assessment (SGA), calculated by dietician, revealed, that 47.9% of the patients has normal nutritional condition, all the others had some degree of malnutrition. Serum albumin level showed close correlation with the nutritional status, also with an inflammatory marker, the CRP. Only 63.8% of the patients had higher than 40g/l serum albumin. Those, who had higher than 10 mg/l CRP value, had significantly lower serum albumin (38.7±3.4 g/l), comparing to the albumin of the patients, whose CRP was below 10 mg/l (40.5±3.9 g/l, p=0.04). Comparing anthropometrical data, there was no significant difference between diabetic and non-diabetic patients. Grouping patients by their ages, the malnutrition, defined by SGA scores and by serum albumin level, was significantly worse in patients older than 80 years, than in the younger than 50 years old subjects, which signals increased risk of mortality of the elderly patients. A case presentation demonstrates, that malnutrition can be diagnosed at early stage by appropriate nutritional assessment, and it can be corrected by timely and satisfactory energy- and nutrient-substitution, in severe cases by specially prepared nutritional supplements, and thereby the patient’s severe cardiovascular risk can be ameliorated. The successful treatment of hemodialysis patients requires change in medical practice, and close cooperation between physicians and dieticians.]

Hypertension and nephrology

JULY 20, 2013

[Practical aspects of therapy by erythropoiesis stimulating agents in renal anaemia]

DEÁK György, HERSZÉNYI Eszter, AMBRUS Csaba, KISS István

[Prevalence of renal anaemia due to insufficient production of erythropoietin increases progressively in the course of renal function deterioration. Renal anaemia is treated by erythropoesis stimulating agents (ESA). Outcomes of randomized clinical trials have taught us to avoid the strategy of normalization of hemoglobin (HGB) levels by ESA therapy as it may increase the risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. The Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Clinical Practice Guideline for Anaemia published in 2012 recommends to start ESA therapy in the 90-100 g/l HGB range and suggests to keep HGB concentrations below 115 g/l. It is an inappropriate strategy to aim at normalizing hemoglobin (HGB) levels by ESA therapy because it may lead to progressive escalation of ESA doses even in the presence of diminished ESA responsiveness. High ESA doses and diseases causing ESA hyporesponsiveness eg. infections, chronic inflammation, malnutrition, insufficient dose of dialysis, severe hyperparathyroidism, iron deficiency are related to increased risk of mortality. KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for Anaemia emphasizes the importance of assessing and treating causes of ESA hyporesponsiveness, limits ESA dose escalation and recommends gradually changing ESA doses to avoid high amplitude HGB oscillation.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

[Protein-energy wasting and quality of life in kidney transplant recipients]

UJSZÁSZI Ákos, VÁRADY Tímea, CZIRA Mária Eszter, FORNÁDI Katalin, NOVÁK Márta, MUCSI István, MOLNÁR Miklós Zsolt

[Chronic kidney disease has profound effects on the health related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients with serious physiological, psychological and socio-economic implications. The co-occurrence of protein-energy wasting (PEW) and inflammation in end stage renal disease patients is associated with worse HRQoL and increased mortality. We designed this study to examine the relationship between nutritional and inflammatory status and HRQoL in kidney transplant recipients. Data from 100 randomly selected kidney transplant patients were analyzed in a crosssectional survey. Socio-demographic parameters, laboratory results, transplantation related data, co-morbidities, medication and malnutrition-inflammation score (MIS) (Kalantar Score) were tabulated at baseline. Patients completed the Kidney Disease Quality of Life-SF (KDQoL-SFTM) self-administered questionnaire. Mean age was 51±13 years, median (interquartile range, IQR) time since transplantation 66 (83) months, 57% were males and 19% had diabetes. The median (IQR) MIS was 3 (3). MIS significantly and negatively correlated with almost all HRQoL domains analyzed, and this association remained significant in multivariate linear regression analysis for the log-transformed scores on energy/fatigue (β=-0.059, p<0.001), bodily pain (β=-0.056, p=0.004), physical functioning (β=-0.029, p=0.022), and symptoms/problems (β=-0.023, p=0.005) domains after statistical correction for age, gender, eGFR, dialysis vintage, Charlson Comorbidity Index and occupational status. Additionally, cubic spline analyses revealed linearly increasing, “dose-response” relationship between almost all domains of KDQoL-SFTM and the MIS. Malnutrition Inflammation Score is independently associated with different dimensions of health related quality of life in kidney transplant recipients.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 10, 2009

[Necessity of a shift in attitudes in the judgment and therapy of skin and soft-tissue infections]


[Skin and soft-tissue infections are defined as infections of the epidermis, dermis, or subcutan tissue. They are among the most common human bacterial infections observed in clinical practice. It has also been shown that the incidence of skin and soft-tissue infections is increasing. This has been attributed to several factors, including increasing population age, surgical wounds related to more invasive surgery in the ageing population, obesity, malnutrition, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and decreasing immunocompetence. There has been a major increase in the occurrence of Staphylococcus aureus infections, and communityacquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections in particular. Although many cases of skin and soft-tissue infections can be successfully treated using empirical antimicrobial therapy, changing resistance patterns of S. aureus isolates necessitate new treatment strategies.]