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Articles by Lia R. Bittencourt
Based on 2 articles published since 2009
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Between 2009 and 2019, Lia R. Bittencourt wrote the following 2 articles about Sleep Apnea Syndromes.
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1 Article Influence of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in the fluctuation of the submaximal isometric torque of knee extensors in patients with early-grade osteoarthritis. 2015

Silva, Andressa / Mello, Marco T / Serrão, Paula R / Luz, Roberta P / Bittencourt, Lia R / Mattiello, Stela M. ·Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Carlos, SP, BR. · Departamento de Esportes, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, BR. · Departamento de Psicobiologia, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, BR. ·Braz J Phys Ther · Pubmed #26443974.

ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate whether obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) alters the fluctuation of submaximal isometric torque of the knee extensors in patients with early-grade osteoarthritis (OA). METHOD: The study included 60 male volunteers, aged 40 to 70 years, divided into four groups: Group 1 (G1) - Control (n=15): without OA and without OSA; Group 2 (G2) (n=15): with OA and without OSA; Group 3 (G3) (n=15): without OA and with OSA; and Group 4 (G4) (n=15) with OA and with OSA. Five patients underwent maximal isometric contractions of 10 seconds duration each, with the knee at 60° of flexion to determine peak torque at 60°. To evaluate the fluctuation of torque, 5 submaximal isometric contractions (50% of maximum peak torque) of 10 seconds each, which were calculated from the standard deviation of torque and coefficient of variation, were performed. RESULTS: Significant differences were observed between groups for maximum peak torque, while G4 showed a lower value compared with G1 (p=0.005). Additionally, for the average torque exerted, G4 showed a lower value compared to the G1 (p=0.036). However, no differences were found between the groups for the standard deviation (p=0.844) and the coefficient of variation (p=0.143). CONCLUSION: The authors concluded that OSA did not change the parameters of the fluctuation of isometric submaximal torque of knee extensors in patients with early-grade OA.

2 Article Association between uric acid levels and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in a large epidemiological sample. 2013

Hirotsu, Camila / Tufik, Sergio / Guindalini, Camila / Mazzotti, Diego R / Bittencourt, Lia R / Andersen, Monica L. ·Departamento de Psicobiologia, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. ·PLoS One · Pubmed #23826169.

ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Recurrent hypoxia, which is associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), leads to an increase in the degradation of adenosine triphosphatase into xanthine, which in turn increases uric acid concentrations. OBJECTIVE: The current study aimed to determine whether an association exists between OSAS and uric acid levels in the peripheral blood from a representative population of Sao Paulo (Brazil). METHODS: A population-based survey adopting a probabilistic 3-stage cluster sample of Sao Paulo was used to represent the population according to gender, age, and socioeconomic class. A total of 1,042 volunteers underwent polysomnography recordings for OSAS diagnosis, blood pressure assessment, and biochemical blood analysis, and answered questionnaires. RESULTS: Uric acid levels were correlated with most important risk factors for OSAS, such as AHI, desaturation time and index, minimum oxyhemoglobin saturation (SpO2), blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, triglycerides and arousal, and with OSAS itself. Also, uric acid was increased in OSAS volunteers even after controlling for all confounders. Hyperuricemic volunteers presented lower mean and minimum SpO2 and increased desaturation index. Importantly, minimum SpO2 was a significant predictor of uric acid levels, which in turn was considered an independent predictor for OSAS in the binary logistic model. However, a ROC curve analysis for establishing cut-off points for uric acid levels as a biomarker of OSAS revealed moderate sensitivity and specificity. CONCLUSION: A strong association was found between uric acid levels and OSAS in a representative sample of the population of Sao Paulo. Although they do not qualify for a biomarker alone, uric acid levels may be involved in OSAS severity and should be considered in sleep apnea management in the future.