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What is Obstructive sleep apnea?

What is Obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a severe breathing disorder and the most common form of sleep apnea. The hallmark of obstructive sleep ...more »

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome is characterized by episodic upper airway obstruction that occurs during sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea: Introduction

Types of Obstructive sleep apnea:

Broader types of Obstructive sleep apnea:

How many people get Obstructive sleep apnea?

Prevalance of Obstructive sleep apnea: 12 million Americans
Prevalance Rate of Obstructive sleep apnea: approx 1 in 22 or 4.41% or 12 million people in USA [about data]
Undiagnosed prevalence of Obstructive sleep apnea: as many as 10 million
Undiagnosed prevalence rate of Obstructive sleep apnea: approx 1 in 27 or 3.68% or 10 million people in USA [about data]

How serious is Obstructive sleep apnea?

Prognosis of Obstructive sleep apnea: The major determinants of surgical outcome include the apnea hypopnea index (AHI) and obesity at the time of diagnosis.
Complications of Obstructive sleep apnea: see complications of Obstructive sleep apnea
Prognosis of Obstructive sleep apnea: Eliminating the obstruction usually reverses the commonly associated pulmonary and systemic hypertension and cardiac problems of obstructive apnea. Untreated, sleep apnea can greatly affect daytime functioning. Sleep apnea sufferers have a tendency to fall asleep during the day, a potentially deadly consequence of the disorder. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Sleep Apnea Information Page: NINDS)

What causes Obstructive sleep apnea?

Causes of Obstructive sleep apnea: see causes of Obstructive sleep apnea
Risk factors for Obstructive sleep apnea: see risk factors for Obstructive sleep apnea

What are the symptoms of Obstructive sleep apnea?

Symptoms of Obstructive sleep apnea: see symptoms of Obstructive sleep apnea

Complications of Obstructive sleep apnea: see complications of Obstructive sleep apnea

Onset of Obstructive sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea is observed in children of all ages and may develop even in infancy.

Obstructive sleep apnea: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Obstructive sleep apnea.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Obstructive sleep apnea.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Obstructive sleep apnea: see treatments for Obstructive sleep apnea
Research for Obstructive sleep apnea: see research for Obstructive sleep apnea

Organs Affected by Obstructive sleep apnea:

Organs and body systems related to Obstructive sleep apnea include:

Name and Aliases of Obstructive sleep apnea

Main name of condition: Obstructive sleep apnea

Other names or spellings for Obstructive sleep apnea:

OSA, childhood obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Obstructive sleep apnea:

 

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