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Sleep · 8: Paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea
  1. G M Nixon,
  2. R T Brouillette
  1. Department of Pediatrics, Montréal Children’s Hospital, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr R T Brouillette
    Department of Pediatrics, Montréal Children’s Hospital, 2300 rue Tupper, Montréal, Québec H3H 1P3, Canada;


In the past 25 years there has been increasing recognition of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) as a common condition of childhood. Morbidity includes impairment of growth, cardiovascular complications, learning impairment, and behavioural problems. Diagnosis and treatment of this condition in children differs in many respects from that in adults. We review here the key features of paediatric OSA, highlighting differences from adult OSA, and suggest future directions for research.

  • obstructive sleep apnoea
  • children
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  • G M Nixon is supported by the Allan Ross Fellowship of the Department of Pediatrics, McGill University.

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