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People with sleep apnea face greater risks of complication during surgery where anesthesia is required claims a research article in the British Medical Journal. Medical staff need to take into account the fact that up to 80% of sleep apnea sufferers are undiagnosed. Sleep apnea sufferers are usually overweight, snore while sleeping and stop breathing during their sleep. The risks of anesthesia in sleep apnea sufferers can be minimized by using continuous positive airway pressure before and after surgery, close observation in ICU and using alternative pain relief methods.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by New Kerala – Health India
About: Sleep apnea poses risk of complications during surgery
Date: 20 October 2004
Source: New Kerala – Health India
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