Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Biederman1 did not
discuss sleep disorders as part of the differential diagnosis of the
55-year old man with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is estimated to affect 2% to 4% of the
middle-aged population in the United States.2 Sleep
disorders mimic the behavioral complex of ADHD.3
Obstructive sleep apnea clearly affects daytime cognitive function in
adults and can be improved with continuous positive airway pressure
Yuen KM, Pelayo R. Sleep Disorders and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. JAMA. 1999;281(9):797. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-9-jbk0303
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