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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;


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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  • 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®.