Exploring autonomic nervous system dysfunction in patients with cancer cachexia: a pilot study
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Introduction Abnormalities of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) have been associated with cachexia. Methods In nine cancer patients who had lost weight and nine age-matched healthy volunteers heart rate variability (HRV) components were determined, together with serum cortisol and urinary catecholamines/metanephrines. Results Compared to volunteers, patients exhibited a global reduction in HRV parameters, significantly so for high frequency, low frequency and total power (median values ms2 103 vs. 313, 62 vs. 148 and 316 vs. 736 respectively, P < 0.05). Biochemical values did not differ. Conclusion Our results suggest the presence of ANS dysfunction in patients with cancer cachexia, with reduction in both sympathetic and parasympathetic components.
Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical;
Chauhan, A., Sequeria, A., Manderson, C., Maddocks, M., Wasley, D. and Wilcock, A. (2012) 'Exploring autonomic nervous system dysfunction in patients with cancer cachexia: a pilot study', Autonomic Neuroscience, 166 (1), pp.93-95
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