Olli Polo

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In a significant proportion of individuals, the physiologic decrease of muscle tone during sleep results in increased collapsibility of the upper respiratory airway. At peak inspiratory flow, the pharyngeal soft tissues may collapse and cause airflow limitation or even complete occlusion of the upper airway (sleep apnea). While there are plenty of methods(More)
  • Juliane Winkelmann, Darina Czamara, Barbara Schormair, Franziska Knauf, Eva C. Schulte, Claudia Trenkwalder +51 others
  • 2011
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sensorimotor disorder with an age-dependent prevalence of up to 10% in the general population above 65 years of age. Affected individuals suffer from uncomfortable sensations and an urge to move in the lower limbs that occurs mainly in resting situations during the evening or at night. Moving the legs or walking leads to an(More)
In a case-control study with prevalence sampling, the authors explored the correlates for nocturia and their population-level impact. In 2003-2004, questionnaires were mailed to 6,000 subjects (aged 18-79 years) randomly identified from the Finnish Population Register (62.4% participated; 53.7% were female). Questionnaires contained items on medical(More)
Five loci for restless legs syndrome (RLS) on chromosomes 12q, 14q, 9p, 2q, and 20p (RLS1-RLS5) have been mapped in RLS families, with a recessive in the first and autosomal-dominant mode of inheritance in the latter cases. Investigations of further RLS families showed evidence for genetic locus heterogeneity. We have conducted a genome-wide linkage(More)
We describe an automated method for monitoring airflow dynamics in the upper airway of a sleeping subject. Its main task is to determine a set of inspiratory flow shape representatives and their relative incidence in a given respiratory airflow material. The flow shape clustering aims at reducing redundant information in the data, and thereby decreases the(More)
Sleep-related breathing disorders are common in adults and they have a significant impact on vigilance and quality of life. Previous studies have shown the validity of the static-charge-sensitive bed (SCSB) in monitoring breathing abnormalities during sleep. A whole nights sleep study produces a signal with considerable length, and therefore an automated(More)
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a well-recognized disorder conventionally diagnosed with an elevated apnea-hypopnea index. Prolonged partial upper airway obstruction is a common phenotype of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), which however is still largely underreported. The major reasons for this are that cyclic breathing pattern coupled with(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study we examine the temporal connection between periodic leg movements (PLMs) and cortical arousals, as well as the treatment effect of pramipexole, in a clinical case with spinal cord lesion. METHODS A patient with complete cervical spinal cord injury and PLMs during sleep underwent two baseline sleep recordings, one recording with(More)