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Perioperative fatigue in patients with diffuse glioma.

Journal article
Authors Stine Schei
Ole Solheim
Asgeir Store Jakola
Lisa Millgård Sagberg
Published in Journal of neuro-oncology
ISSN 1573-7373
Publication year 2020
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Language en
Subject categories Neurosurgery, Neurology, Cancer and Oncology


Few studies have assessed fatigue in relation to glioma surgery. The purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence of pre- and postoperative high fatigue, perioperative changes, and factors associated with pre- and postoperative high fatigue in patients undergoing primary surgery for diffuse glioma.A total of 112 adult patients were prospectively included. Patient-reported fatigue was assessed before and one month after surgery using the cancer-specific European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer questionnaire fatigue subscale. The scores were dichotomized as high fatigue (≥ 39) or low fatigue (< 39). A change in score of ≥ 10 was considered as a clinically significant change. Factors associated with pre- and postoperative high fatigue were explored in multivariable regression analyses.High fatigue was reported by 45% of the patients preoperatively and by 42% of the patients postoperatively. Female gender and low Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) were associated with preoperative high fatigue, while postoperative complications, low KPS and low-grade histopathology were associated with postoperative high fatigue. In total 35/92 (38%) patients reported a clinically significant improvement of fatigue scores after surgery, 36/92 (39%) patients reported a clinically significant worsening of fatigue scores after surgery, and 21/92 (23%) patients reported no clinically significant change in fatigue scores after surgery. Patients with low-grade gliomas more often reported low fatigue before surgery and high fatigue after surgery, while patients with high-grade gliomas more often reported high fatigue before surgery and low fatigue after surgery.Our findings indicate that fatigue is a common symptom in patients with diffuse glioma, both pre- and postoperatively. Perioperative changes were frequently seen. This is important knowledge when informing patients before and after surgery.

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