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Chest. 2004 Nov;126(5):1705-7.

Severe obstructive sleep apnea in a patient with spinal muscle atrophy.

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  • 1Veterans Affairs Medical Center 111-B, PO Box 4000, Mountain Home, TN 37684-4000, USA. Ryland.Byrd@med.va.gov

Abstract

Patients with spinal muscle atrophy (SMA) who survive to adulthood experience a slow, continuous loss of motor function but typically have a normal life expectancy. These patients, however, require vigilance on the part of their health-care providers to reverse treatable disorders to maintain a satisfactory quality of life. We report on a patient with obstructive sleep apnea and type 3 SMA. The treatment of his sleep-disordered breathing resulted in the resolution of symptoms that were initially attributed to his neuromuscular disease.

PMID:
15539750
DOI:
10.1378/chest.126.5.1705
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