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Sleep Apnea, Obstructive

Introduction: Sleep Apnea, Obstructive

Description of Sleep Apnea, Obstructive

Sleep Apnea, Obstructive (medical condition): A form of sleep apnea where there is a physical obstruction to the airways. Obese people are particularly ...more

Sleep Apnea, Obstructive: See also:

Obstructive sleep apnea:
  »Introduction: Obstructive sleep apnea
  »Symptoms of Obstructive sleep apnea
  »Causes of Obstructive sleep apnea
  »Treatments for Obstructive sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea, Obstructive: A disorder characterized by recurrent apneas during sleep despite persistent respiratory efforts. It is due to upper airway obstruction. The respiratory pauses may induce HYPERCAPNIA or HYPOXIA. Cardiac ARRHYTHMIA and elevation of systemic and pulmonary arterial pressures may occur. Frequent partial arousals occur throughout sleep, resulting in relative SLEEP DEPRIVATION and daytime tiredness. Associated conditions include OBESITY; ACROMEGALY; MYXEDEMA; micrognathia; MYOTONIC DYSTROPHY; adenotonsilar dystrophy; and NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p395).
Source: MeSH 2007

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Sleep Apnea, Obstructive as a Disease

Sleep Apnea, Obstructive: Another name for Obstructive sleep apnea (or close medical condition association).
  »Introduction: Obstructive sleep apnea
  »Symptoms of Obstructive sleep apnea
  »Causes of Obstructive sleep apnea
  »Treatments for Obstructive sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea, Obstructive: Related Diseases

Sleep Apnea, Obstructive: Sleep Apnea, Obstructive is listed as a type of (or associated with) the following medical conditions in our database:

Causes of Sleep Apnea, Obstructive

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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea, Obstructive (Obstructive sleep apnea)

Some of the symptoms of Sleep Apnea, Obstructive incude:

Treatments for Sleep Apnea, Obstructive (Obstructive sleep apnea)

Treatments for Sleep Apnea, Obstructive (Obstructive sleep apnea) include:

  • Specific treatments
    • Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nasal CPAP)
    • Dental appliances
    • Decongestants - if blockage is from a stuffy nose or sinuses.
    • Oxygen - somewhat controversial.

Treatment of Sleep Apnea, Obstructive: For more treatment information about Sleep Apnea, Obstructive, see treatment of Obstructive sleep apnea (Sleep Apnea, Obstructive)

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