How is primary snoring differentiated from childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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Historical features suggestive of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome are typically absent from children without obstructive sleep apnea syndrome but poorly distinguish between obstructive sleep apnea and primary snoring. Therefore, to differentiate between obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and primary snoring, overnight polysomnography is essential.


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