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Pneumologie. 2013 Feb;67(2):112-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1325943. Epub 2012 Dec 17.

[Diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing using portable methods].

[Article in German]

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Interdisziplinäres Schlafmedizinisches Zentrum, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.


Portable monitoring of sleep disordered breathing is the first diagnostic method not only in Germany but today in other countries as well. The conditions under which portable monitoring can be done with reliable results are now well defined. The limitations for the use of portable monitoring are specified as well. The devices used for portable monitoring are classified in four categories according to the number and the kind of signals recorded. New technical developments in the field of portable monitoring (polygraphy) use an indirect assessment of sleep disordered breathing based on signals not directly recording respiration. The recording of ECG and deriving respiration, the analysis of the plethysmographically recorded pulse wave, the recording of jaw movements using magnets, and advanced analysis of respiratory sounds are recent approaches. These new methods are presented with few studies until now. More and larger clinical studies are needed in order to show which of these systems is useful in the diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing and which are the specific strengths and weaknesses.

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