Risk of interrupting nocturnal nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) in patients with obstructive sleep apnea

Dette, F.; Rolke, M.; Rückert, P.; Wulf, H.; Koehler, U.

Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift 135(17): 868-869


ISSN/ISBN: 1439-4413
PMID: 20408107
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1253671
Accession: 068877063

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Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are at risk of respiratory and cardiovascular complications (e.g. hypoxia, hypertensive crisis, cardiac ischemia and arrhythmias) as a result of airway callapse during the perioperative period. Therefore it is essential that the nasal continuous airway pressure (nCPAP-therapy) be maintained during that time. Such patients and the medical staff should be aware of this problem.