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Simplifying the Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Allan I. Pack, MB, CHb, PhD
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University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Requests for Reprints: Allan I. Pack, MB, ChB, PhD, Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, 991 Maloney Building, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3600 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283.

Copyright 2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1993;119(6):528-529. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-119-6-199309150-00016
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A recent Wisconsin study [12] has shown that obstructive sleep apnea is an important public health problem. Questionnaires were mailed to state employees about snoring, witnessed apneas, and the like. Sleep studies were done on all patients who were habitual snorers and on 25% of nonhabitual snorers. The results indicated that 4% of middle-aged men and 2% of middle-aged women met the minimum diagnostic criteria for the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome [2].

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