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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Elbowed by Your Spouse While Sleeping? You May Have Sleep Apnea!

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Canadian researchers have determined that if a patient answers in the affirmative to two questions:

1) Do you get elbowed/poked while sleeping for snoring?
2) Do you get elbowed/poked while sleeping for stopping breathing?

There is a significant chance that the patient may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with AHI score  more than 5.

This quiz has been dubbed the "Elbow Test".

Actual diagnosis for OSA is by sleep study.

Should OSA be actually diagnosed on a sleep study, initial treatment includes CPAP machine followed by oral appliance and potential candidacy for surgical interventions.

Reference:
“Elbow Test” May Predict Sleep Apnea. Chest 10.22.12

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