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Causes of Sleep apnea

List of causes of Sleep apnea

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Sleep apnea) that could possibly cause Sleep apnea includes:

More causes:see full list of causes for Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Sleep apnea:

Sleep apnea Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender of Patients for Sleep apnea: More common in men....more »

Sleep apnea: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Sleep apnea, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Sleep apnea:

Sleep apnea: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Sleep apnea: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Sleep apnea:

Causes of Broader Categories of Sleep apnea: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Sleep apnea as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Sleep apnea as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Sleep apnea. Our database lists the following as having Sleep apnea as a complication of that condition:

Sleep apnea as a symptom:

Conditions listing Sleep apnea as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Sleep apnea. Our database lists the following as having Sleep apnea as a symptom of that condition:

Medications or substances causing Sleep apnea:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Sleep apnea as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

What causes Sleep apnea?

Article excerpts about the causes of Sleep apnea:
Certain mechanical and structural problems in the airway cause the interruptions in breathing during sleep. In some people, apnea occurs when the throat muscles and tongue relax during sleep and partially block the opening of the airway. When the muscles of the soft palate at the base of the tongue and the uvula (the small fleshy tissue hanging from the center of the back of the throat) relax and sag, the airway becomes blocked, making breathing labored and noisy and even stopping it altogether. (Source: excerpt from Sleep Apnea: NWHIC)

Medical news summaries relating to Sleep apnea:

The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Sleep apnea:

Related information on causes of Sleep apnea:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Sleep apnea may be found in:


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