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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Elbow Sign Predictive of Sleep Apnea



A simple two-part question may be a good screening tool for sleep apnea.

  1. Does your bed partner ever poke or elbow you because you are snoring?
  2. Does your bed partner ever poke or elbow you because you have stopped breathing?
Responding "yes" to either question may identify up to 2/3 of those with sleep apnea (misses up to 1/3).