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Neurology. 2006 Jan 10;66(1):136-8.

Sleep-disordered breathing in patients with Chiari malformation: improvement after surgery.

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Department de Pneumology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Angers, France.


Sixteen consecutive patients with Arnold-Chiari malformation type I and syringomyelia underwent full-night polysomnography (PSG). Sleep apnea syndrome (apnea-hypopnea index > 10) was diagnosed in 12 of 16 patients with 48% of central apneas. In six patients with sleep apnea syndrome, PSG was repeated an average of 203 days after decompression surgery. Postoperative PSG showed a decrease in the central apnea index from 14.9 +/- 5.5 to 1.3 +/- 0.6 (p = 0.03).

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