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Sleep · 7: Positive airway pressure therapy for obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome
  1. P Gordon1,
  2. M H Sanders2
  1. 1Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  2. 2Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr M H Sanders
    Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Montefiore University Hospital, North-1292, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA; sandersmhmsx.upmc.edu

Abstract

The use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in treating symptoms associated with OSAHS is reviewed. Although it is an imperfect intervention, it continues to evolve and improve in such a way that patients who would not have been able to use this treatment even in the recent past can benefit from it today.

  • AHI, apnoea hypopnoea index
  • CHF, congestive heart failure
  • CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure
  • CSB, Cheyne-Stokes breathing
  • OSAHS, obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome
  • PAP, positive airway pressure
  • obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome
  • continuous positive airway pressure

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Footnotes

  • Supported in part by NIH Training Grant 2-T32-HL07563.

  • M H Sanders is a consultant to Respironics Inc and has a financial interest in BiPAP® and Cflex®.