Chapter 9

Central Sleep Apnea

Naveen Kanathur, John Harrington, Vipin Malik and Teofilo Lee-Chiong

Abstract

<p>Central sleep apnea is not a single disorder. Rather, the term includes several conditions that have, in common, similar clinical presentations and sleep study findings. Central sleep apnea is characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing due to either an absence or reduction in respiratory effort. Diagnosis of central sleep apnea is determined using sleep studies. The selection of treatment depends on the underlying cause, and may include the use of oxygen supplementation, drug therapy or positive airway pressure.</p>

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