Clinical Indicators of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Ludwig, Mary Jo
St. Anna, Leilani
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Clinical indicators (e.g., sex, snoring severity, history of apnea, age, menopausal status, waist-to-hip ratio, body habitus) can predict OSA as diagnosed using overnight polysomnography or sleep study. (Strength of Recommendation: B, based on multiple cross-sectional studies.) There is insufficient evidence to specify which measure of body habitus (i.e., body mass index [BMI] or neck circumference) is more predictive of OSA.
Clinical Inquiries, 2011 (MU)
American Family Physician, 83(9) 2011.