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In this issue of Rehab Grand Rounds, Doctors Michael  C.  Munin, Marzena Buzanowska, Jessica Berry, and  Patrick Kortebein, MD join together to discuss Sarcopenia: A Primer for Physiatrists.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

• Define sarcopenia and proposed diagnostic criteria.
• Discuss the underlying pathophysiology of sarcopenia including the muscle as well as the nerve processes.
• List the main components of the diagnostic criteria of sarcopenia.
• Discuss the main treatment options in sarcopenia.

Reading Resources:

  1. Volpato, S, Cavalierie, M, Sioulis, F, Guerra, G, Maraldi, C, Zuliani, G, Fellin, R and Guralnik, JM. Predictive value of the short physical performance battery following hospitalization in older patients. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2011; 66A(11): 89-96.
  2. Rosenberg, I. Summary comments: epidemiological and methodological problems in determining nutritional status  of older persons. Am J Clin Nutr. 1989;50:1231–3.
  3. Muscaritoli M, Anker SD, Argiles J, et al. Consensus definition of sarcopenia, cachexia and pre-cachexia: joint document elaborated by Special Interest Groups (SIG) “cachexia-anorexia in chronic wasting diseases” and “nutrition in geriatrics.” ClinNutr. 2010 Apr;29(2):154-9.
  4. Cruz-Jentoft AJ, Baeyens JP, Bauer JM, et al. Sarcopenia: European consensus on definition and diagnosis: Report of the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People. Age Ageing. 2010 Jul;39(4)412-23.
  5. Morley JE, Abbatecola AM, Argiles JM, et al. Sarcopenia with limited mobility: an international consensus. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2011 Jul;12(6):403-9.


Doctors Buzanowska and Berry have reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing healthcare goods or services.

Dr. Munin has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: Ipsen Inc.

Dr. Kortebein has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Other: Employee of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.5 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 6/11/2013 | Last Modified On: 6/11/2013 | Expires: 6/11/2014

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