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90% of Sleep Apnoea cases go undiagnosed

Sleep specialists believe up to 90 per cent of sleep apnoea cases, in adults and children, go undiagnosed, according to a news report in the Irish Times.

Even many GPs don’t have it at the top of their list of suspected conditions when patients complain of poor quality sleep and tiredness during the day.

As a result, respiratory specialists believe up to 90 per cent of sleep apnoea in adults and children goes undiagnosed. And it’s on the rise because obesity is a risk factor and, as we know, Irish people are getting fatter.

Dr Elaine Purcell at the Sleep Clinic in the Mater Private Hospital says sleep apnoea is often associated with overweight men but anyone can have it.

“Babies, children, teenagers and adults can have sleep apnoea. The overall incidence is one in 20 people but it is often missed in children and misdiagnosed in adults – particularly in post-menopausal women who are often considered to be depressed rather than checked out for sleep apnoea,” she says.

To see the full report see the Irish Times article.

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