Breast cancer surgery does not impact long-term pulmonary function and respiratory muscle strength

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Clarissa Medeiros da Luz
Marina Palú
Julia Deitos
Manuela Karloh
Ana Rosa de Oliveira
Anamaria Fleig Mayer


Introduction: Long-term disabilities are frequently related to postoperative complications on breast cancer patients. Objective: To assess the effect of breast cancer surgery on pulmonary function and respiratory muscle strength over the course of 60 days after the surgery. Methods: Prospective study with 32 women. Pulmonary function was evaluated using spirometry and respiratory muscle strength was evaluated using manovacuometry. The evaluations were performed in preoperative period, between 12 to 48h after surgery, 30 and 60 days after the surgery. Results: Vital capacity (VC) and inspiratory capacity (IC) were diminished 48h after surgery (VC: 2.18±0.63; IC: 1.71±0.49; p<0.01 vs baseline), returned to the baseline parameters after 30 days (VC: 2.76±0.60; CI: 2.16±0.57; p<0.01 vs PO48h) and were maintained after 60 days of the surgery (VC: 2.64±0.60; CI: 2.11±0.62; p<0.01 vs PO48h). No difference was observed in tidal volume over the evaluations, except when comparing 60 days to the 48h after surgery values (0.84±0.37 vs 0.64±0.19, respectively; p=0.028). Respiratory muscle strength was reduced 48h after surgery (MIP: -33.89±12.9 cmH2O; MEP: 39.72±21.0 cmH2O; p<0.01 vs basal) and returned to baseline values after 30 (MIP: -50.1±21.2 cmH2O; MEP: 59.86±24.7 cmH2O; p<0.01 vs PO48h) and 60 days of the surgery (MIP: -50.78±19.2 cmH2O; MEP: 61.67±23.4 cmH2O; p<0.01 vs PO48h). Conclusion: Breast cancer surgery does not impact pulmonary function and respiratory muscle strength 30 days after the surgery.


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Medeiros da Luz, C., Palú, M., Deitos, J., Karloh, M., de Oliveira, A. R., & Fleig Mayer, A. (2020). Breast cancer surgery does not impact long-term pulmonary function and respiratory muscle strength. ABCS Health Sciences, 45, 1314.
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