Title
The place of polysomnography in internal medicine The place of polysomnography in internal medicine
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Leuven ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Acta clinica Belgica. - Leuven, 1946 - 1997
Volume/pages
66(2011) :6 , p. 432-437
ISSN
0001-5512
ISI
000299491100008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
As the medical community and the general public have become more aware of the relationships among snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), physicians are seeing an increasing number of patients with these problems. In internal medicine high prevalences of sleep related-breathing disorders have been reported, with a high likelihood to develop chronic complications. The coincidence of OSA with alteration of one or more systems produces mutual potentiation of their negative effects. Polysomnography plays a prominent role in the evaluation of sleep disorders and diagnosing OSA, since the disorder cannot be correctly suspected on the basis of interview and physical examination alone. Increased awareness of the atypical presentation of OSA in different patient populations is warranted. Appropriate treatment can prevent burden to the patients and development of serious complications, including sudden death in sleep. These interactions illustrate the multidisciplinary nature of sleep medicine, above all in the field of diagnostics and therapy.
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