Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: Prevalence, Consequences, Pathophysiology and Treatment

Kelly Shepherd, Peter Eastwood

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Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a common disorder characterized by repetitive narrowing or collapse of the pharyngeal airway during sleep. The disorder is associated with major comorbidities including excessive daytime sleepiness and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The underlying pathophysiology is multifactorial and may vary considerably between individuals. The primary objective of this article is to review the diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of OSA as well as several of the comorbidities commonly associated with the disorder.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-98
Number of pages11
JournalChettinad Health City Medical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Polysomnogram
  • continuous positive airway pressure
  • Sleep


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