Hypoxemia during Sleep
In most normal subjects arterial oxyhemoglobin saturation (SaO2) remains substantially stable throughout all sleep time: some exceptions however, may be observed especially in elderly subjects, who may show desaturations, sometimes associated with apneas (Block et al., 1979; Krieger et al., 1983; Catterall et al., 1985). Conversely, SaO2 drops during part of, or even the whole sleep time, are a common finding in pathological conditions like obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
KeywordsChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Apnea Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
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