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Mild Apnea Leads to PAP Non-Compliance

Mild Apnea Leads to PAP Non-Compliance

DETROIT, Jan. 18 -- Patients with mild symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are less likely to follow treatment plans using a positive airway pressure machine (PAP), found researchers here.

One implication is that physicians should closely monitor such patients to ensure they are adhering to therapy, according to Ho-Sheng Lin, M.D., of the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center and Wayne State University here.

In a retrospective chart study, aimed at learning the factors that influence adherence to PAP, only low apnea-hypopnea index was significant, Dr. Lin and colleagues reported in the January issue of Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

The finding "may not be surprising," the researchers said, because patients with mild symptoms may not perceive as much of a benefit from the PAP machines as those with a higher AHI.


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