Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Anesthesia – What an Anesthesiologist Should Know ?

  title={Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Anesthesia – What an Anesthesiologist Should Know ?},
  author={Frances Chung},
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) syndrome is a disease characterized by recurrent episodic cessation of breathing lasting ≥ 10s during sleep. In this condition, there is exaggerated depression of pharyngeal muscle tone during sleep and anesthesia, resulting in a cyclical pattern of partial or complete upper airway obstruction with impaired respiration. 1 Clinically, this manifests as repeated nocturnal arousals and increased sympathetic output, daytime hypersomnolence, memory loss, and executive… CONTINUE READING

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