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April 28, 1999

Sleep Apnea Guidelines

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical Association

JAMA. 1999;281(16):1480. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1480

When should physicians use such diagnostic techniques as polysomnography, and how should they appropriately define apnea?

These are just two clinical questions concerning treatment of adult obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that are addressed in new guidelines published last month in CHEST, the journal of the American College of Chest Physicians. The guidelines focus on various forms of positive airway pressure used in the treatment of OSA, which affects an estimated 20 million Americans.