Exercise capacity, muscle strength and fatigue in sarcoidosis

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Sarcoidosis is a disorder of the immune system most commonly affecting young people. Various symptoms may occur dependent on the organs involved. This study shows that problematic symptoms in patients suffering from sarcoidosis include fatigue, a decreased exercise capacity and muscle weakness. It also shows that these symptoms are persistent and have a great impact on patients’ quality of life. Treatment and early detection of these health restrictions by using physical tests such as a six-minute walk test are of vital importance. A physical training programme contributes to a reduction in fatigue symptoms and an improvement in physical functions as well as quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Drent, Marjolein, Supervisor
  • Lenssen, Ton, Co-Supervisor
Award date26 Jun 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789078076094
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • sarcoidosis
  • exercise capacity
  • muscle strength
  • fatigue
  • physical training

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