How are the complications of childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) categorized?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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Answer

Complications of OSA in children can generally be divided into the 4 following immediate consequences of upper airway obstruction during sleep:

  • Sleep fragmentation

  • Increased work of breathing

  • Alveolar hypoventilation

  • Intermittent hypoxemia

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.


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