What is included in the physical exam to evaluate childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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Children with suspected obstructive sleep apnea should undergo a complete physical examination with special attention to structures of the upper airway. Obtain accurate vital signs, including measurement of blood pressure; plot the child's height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) by age on a gender-specific growth chart.


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