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J Clin Sleep Med. 2018 Apr 15;14(4):693-695. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.7076.

Dissociative Identity Disorder CPAP Adherence: An Uncommon Factor in Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

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1
Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
2
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Metro Health Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
3
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Abstract

We present a case of a patient with dissociative identity disorder and symptomatic sleep apnea who was treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP use depended upon which personality the patient exhibited but apnea reduction did not. This case illustrates in one individual how personality can positively or negatively affect CPAP adherence.

KEYWORDS:

CPAP; OSA; adherence; personality; sleep apnea

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