Korean J Aerosp Environ Med.  2010 Aug;20(1):7-10.

Pathophysiology and Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

Snoring and sleep apnea has become frequent disease in recent years. Obesity and long life span contribute prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome may aggravate hypertension, diabetes, and cerebrovascular disease. It could also induce daytime sleepiness, fatigue, depressed mood, and decreased cognitive function. It may related with increased car accident,decreased working performance, and increased error. In this article, pathophysiology and diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome will be discussed.

Keyword

Snoring; Sleep apnea; Diagnosis; Pathophysiology
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