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Although drug-induced sedation endoscopy (DISE) represents the most widespread diagnostic tool for upper airway endoscopic evaluation of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS), many controversies exist about how to perform the sedation, the indications for DISE, and how to report DISE findings. The present position paper reports on a(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Management of severe obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is challenging and needs multidisciplinary cooperation. Ventilation is considered the gold standard of treatment in severe OSAHS. The aim of the study was to compare the therapeutical efficacy of a type of surgery (maxillomandibular advancement [MMA]) vs a(More)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an interstitial lung disease (ILD) characterized by inflammation and progressive scarring of the lung parenchyma. IPF profoundly affects the quality of life (QoL) and fatigue is a frequently disabling symptom. The cause of fatigue is not well understood but patients with IPF often report extremely poor sleep quality(More)
Objective: Cardiorespiratory atypical patterns can be found in routine clinical use of portable monitoring for diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing (SDB). Over 1000 consecutive portable recordings, were analyzed to study the potential ictal nature of stereotyped cardio-respiratory and motor patterns. of the anterior tibialis muscles were quantified.(More)
Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD) are frequently found in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and they are associated with worse quality of sleep and life and with higher mortality. The study aimed at evaluating the impact of SBD on prognosis (mortality or disease progression) in 35 patients with mild to moderate IPF. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was(More)
To investigate the role of awake upper airways (UA) endoscopy assessment as a parameter of prediction for CPAP titration in OSAHS patient therapy. Retrospective analysis of UA endoscopic assessment with Mueller’s maneuvre and the application of the nose oropharynx hypopharynx score (NOHs) was conducted to obtain a numeric score representing the grade of(More)
PURPOSE The scoring of American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) arousal is mandatory for the definition of respiratory event-related arousal (RERA). However there are other EEG activation phenomena, such as A phases of cyclic alternating pattern (CAP) which are associated with respiratory events in non rapid eye movements (NREM) sleep. This study aims at(More)
We describe a 21-year-old Italian male affected by hypokalemic tetraparesis with acute onset. In the emergency ward, the patient was agitated, with tachycardia (140/min) and systolic hypertension (180/70 mm Hg). He was not able to flex the lower extremities against a light resistence and furthermore, he was hypotonic and without tendon reflexes. One hour(More)
Atypical cardiorespiratory patterns can be found during routine clinical use of portable monitoring for diagnosis of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Over 1,000 consecutive portable recordings were analysed to study the potential ictal nature of stereotyped cardiorespiratory and motor patterns. Snoring, airflow, thoracic effort, pulse rate, body position,(More)