Asthma and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Leila Kheirandish-GozalEmail author
Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM)


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and asthma are common and highly prevalent diseases in childhood. These two conditions share multiple common inflammatory pathways in their pathophysiology and are irrevocably connected by their location in the airway continuum. As such, the possibility of existing interactions between asthma and OSA that affect their clinical course appears plausible. The potential factors underlying common inflammatory pathways are reviewed along with the available epidemiological evidence suggesting the presence of bidirectional associations between OSA and asthma. Finally, the impact of treating OSA on the clinical course of asthma will be described.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Allergic Rhinitis Asthma Control Asthmatic Child Lower Airway 
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Leila Kheirandish-Gozal is supported by NIH grant K12 HL-090003.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Sleep Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Pritzker School of MedicineThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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