Sheldon M. Wolf, MD; Yury Furman, MD
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Wolf S., Furman Y.; Sleep Apnea and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136:490-491. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-136-6-200203190-00020
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(6):490-491.
TO THE EDITOR:
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition and is associated with increased risk for hypertension, myocardial infarction, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia, headache, and traffic and industrial accidents (1). The condition may be simple to recognize. An overweight, middle-aged man who presents with a chief complaint of falling asleep during the day, who snores loudly, and who has been observed by his bed partner to stop breathing in his sleep poses no diagnostic challenge. A patient may, however, present with a complication of obstructive sleep apnea; in this case, suspicion of sleep apnea may lead to effective therapy. We report the case of a physician whose severe symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) were substantially relieved by treatment of his sleep apnea.
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