Which chest and back findings are characteristic of childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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Pectus excavatum is sometimes seen in younger children with obstructive sleep apnea. Severe scoliosis or abnormally narrow chests can lead to restrictive pulmonary limitation and place individuals at a higher risk of desaturating with sleep. Barrel-shaped chests are seen in patients with chronic obstructive lung disease.


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