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Monday, February 16, 2015

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Down Syndrome

Are we under treating Down Syndrome OSA in the Brazos Valley? Given our population we should have roughly 450 Down patients in the BV, yet I've only seen and treated 2 Down patients for OSA since I've been in this community. It's always struck me as odd but, initially, I chalked it up to me being new to BV. However, 5 years later, this is unchanged. The majority of Down patients have OSA which is very treatable and treatment improves their quality of life. Because many Down patients have a component of compulsive behavior, once trained to use CPAP, they are HIGHLY compliant with therapy.

from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD


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