Sleep apnea: Introduction
Sleep apnea refers to a temporary cessation of breathing during sleep,
that usually repeats in a cycle.
In children, common causes include tonsilitis and adenoiditis.
In adults, the condition is often related to obesity,
but it can also be caused by other disorders or structural defects
in the throat.
The most common type, Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA),
occurs where something physically obstructs the airway.
In many cases, the person is unaware of the condition
except perhaps of their snoring.
This is a potentially serious airway
disorder where a person suffers repetitive difficulty breathing during sleep,
and this lack of breathing causes complications.
Sleep apnea causes serious complications such as hypertension
and can be life-threatening. ...more »
Sleep apnea: Misdiagnosis
Sleep apnea was cited by Reader's Digest as one of the top 10 misdiagnosed diseases.
In the article entitled "10 Diseases Doctors Miss", the 10 diseases mentioned were
hepatitis C, lupus, celiac disease, hemochromatosis, aneurysm,
Lyme disease, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),
chlamydia, and sleep apnea.
gen footnote Reader's Digest, ...more misdiagnosis »
Symptoms of Sleep apnea
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symptoms of Sleep apnea
Treatments for Sleep apnea
- Specific treatments
- Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nasal CPAP)
- Dental appliances
- Decongestants - if blockage is from a stuffy nose or sinuses.
- Oxygen - somewhat controversial.
- more treatments...»
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treatments for Sleep apnea
Home Diagnostic Testing
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Wrongly Diagnosed with Sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea: Related Patient Stories
Sleep apnea: Deaths
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Alternative Treatments for Sleep apnea
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Types of Sleep apnea
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Rare Types of Sleep apnea:
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Diagnostic Tests for Sleep apnea
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Sleep apnea: Complications
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Causes of Sleep apnea
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causes of Sleep apnea
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Disease Topics Related To Sleep apnea
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Sleep apnea: Undiagnosed Conditions
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Misdiagnosis and Sleep apnea
Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases,
because it may cause only mild or even absent symptoms....read more »
Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the
more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed
(it can, of course,...read more »
RLS sleep disorder causing night-time leg sensations often misdiagnosed: A common but relatively unknown
sleep-related disorder called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is often misdiagnosed.
The typical symptoms are night-time tingling,...read more »
Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue
with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure.
The "cuff" around the arm to measure blood pressure can simply be...read more »
Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be
correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients.
These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but...read more »
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Sleep apnea: Research Doctors & Specialists
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Hospitals & Clinics: Sleep apnea
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Sleep apnea: Rare Types
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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Sleep apnea
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Sleep apnea: Animations
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Prognosis for Sleep apnea
Prognosis for Sleep apnea:
The major determinants of surgical outcome include the apnea hypopnea index (AHI) and obesity at the time of diagnosis.
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Research about Sleep apnea
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Statistics for Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea: Broader Related Topics
Types of Sleep apnea
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Article Excerpts about Sleep apnea
NINDS Sleep Apnea Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)
Sleep apnea is
a common disorder in which breathing stops during sleep for 10 seconds or
more, sometimes more than 300 times a night.
The hallmark of the disorder
is excessive daytime sleepiness and compromised quality of life, including
significant social and emotional problems.
(Source: excerpt from NINDS Sleep Apnea Information Page: NINDS)
Obesity: NWHIC (Excerpt)
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can
cause a person to stop breathing for short periods during sleep and to
snore heavily. Sleep apnea may cause daytime sleepiness and even heart
failure. The risk for sleep apnea increases with higher body weights.
Weight loss usually improves sleep apnea. (Source: excerpt from Obesity: NWHIC)
Sleep Apnea: NWHIC (Excerpt)
Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that
is far more common than generally understood. First described in 1965,
sleep apnea is a breathing disorder characterized by brief interruptions
of breathing during sleep. It owes its name to a Greek word, apnea,
meaning"want of breath." (Source: excerpt from Sleep Apnea: NWHIC)
Definitions of Sleep apnea:
Apnea that occurs during sleep
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
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