Sleep-disordered breathing: Aids to diagnosis without a polysomnogram

A Peter


The South African population is suffering from an obesity epidemic. Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), which includes obstructive sleep apnoea and obesity hypoventilation syndrome, is closely related to obesity. SDB may have serious health consequences if not asked about when taking a history related to sleep and sleep-deprivation symptoms. Unfortunately, a formal polysomnogram is available to very few patients who need the diagnosis confirmed. However, taking a sleep history, measuring the haemoglobin level and using a much smaller device in the comfort of a patient’s bed can obviate the need for formal polysomnography.

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A Peter, Division of Pulmonology, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

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African Journal of Thoracic and Critical Care Medicine 2018;24(4):139. DOI:10.7196/AJTCCM.2018.v24i4.223

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Date submitted: 2018-12-18
Date published: 2018-12-20

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