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The presence of OSAHS (Obstructive sleep Apnea-Hypopnea syndrome) and
the concurrent signs of neurologic disease, in this case, periodic limb
movements has been studied recently.
The series by Chen R et al (2010) considered 229 consecutive diagnosis
of OSAHS patients, and 118 patients were detectedwith both OSAHS and
PLM. Some indexes were measured related to indicators and variables: total
time of sleep, percentage of sleep stages, REM latency, sleep
efficiency, lowest SpO2, oxygen reducing index, apnea-hypopnea index,
index of PLMs during sleep, PLMs with arousals.
Increase in sleep stage 1 ( p=0.04 ) was associated with increased PLM
-Chen R et al. Periodic limb movements due to obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome patients. Mov Disord 2010 ; 25 (5) : S 519
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08 June 2011
Sabino G Echebarria Mendieta
H San Eloy ( Barakaldo-Bizkaia )district clinics.Osakidetza-Basque Health Service
The issue with weight is the single most important factor that leads
to sleep apnea. Even patients undergoing surgery involving the throat,
tonsils and tongue may be benefiting more from the post-op weight loss
than from the surgery itself. This is the first approach to helping
patients eliminate sleep apnea, and we at Lexington ENT help the patient
to understand and treat the weight issue before any other intervention.