Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) involves being repeatedly aroused from sleep (often hundreds of times per night), not necessarily to full awakening, because breathing has momentarily faltered, as a result of an obstruction of the upper airway. The medical term "apnea" simply means cessation of breathing. This medical problem may not be obvious during a brief exam. OSA is often discovered during a routine physician exam when a patient complains of chronic fatigue, severe daytime drowsiness and in many cases, by a spouse who complains of severe and loud snoring that is accompanied by periods of gasping and coughing (please note: not all snoring is associated with apnea). The prevalence of sleep apnea is greater among men than women.

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