Is a sleep study necessary to diagnose sleep apnea?
Yes, a sleep study is necessary to determine the degree of sleep apnea. Also, a sleep study is necessary to determine the therapeutic level needed to keep your airway open and alleviate the condition.
yes is the only way to know how severe is the sleep apnea and if have central or obstructive apnea and then choose the rigth treatment
No. There are a few validated ambulatory monitoring devices that will provide the basics required to rule in or rule out significant OSA. The challenge is obtaining an educated / experienced medical interpretation of the results and what it means for you in context of the clinical scenario.
Certainly, portable testing would be a good first step. Effective CPAP treatment can be administered (if required) unattended in the home via interactive (auto) devices. Patients where treatment proves intollerable or ineffective can then procede to formal PSG if necessary.
Just my $ 0.02 worth.
I might add, the literature supports these suggestion(s); for example see this month’s issue of CHEST. Also, i see the AASM has approved the use of portable monitoring in adults with guidelines to be published next month.
Well when i say a sleep study, it can be in two options in a sleep clinic and in house or ambulatory. I sometimes prefer the study in home becouse the patient sleep more comfortable and yes have to be validated and sign by a sleep specialist.
best regards alberto servin from tijuan amexico
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