Clinical Indicators of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Bhandarkar, Ajay M and Nair, Suraj S (2013) Clinical Indicators of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. International Journal Of Scientific Research, 2 (13). pp. 399-400. ISSN 2277 - 8179

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Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the role of Epworth sleepiness score, body mass index, neck circumference and Friedman tongue position in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in an Indian population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective, case control study where clinical data of 189 patients presenting with snoring and suspected to have OSAS were analysed. Patients with an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of more than 5 were taken as cases and AHI less than 5 were taken as controls. RESULTS: Epworth sleepiness score, body mass index, neck circumference and Friedman tongue position were found to be statistically significant in OSAS patients when compared to simple snorers. CONCLUSION: Polysomnogram is the gold standard in the diagnosis of OSAS. Careful clinical evaluation serves as an adjunct in providing certain objective indicators which are suggestive of OSAS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Obstructive sleep apnea; Polysomnogram; Epworth sleepiness score; Neck circumference; Friedman tongue position
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > ENT
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 10:22
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 10:22
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/137902

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