What is the role of ECG and echocardiography in the workup 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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These studies are not necessary in all children with suspected sleep apnea. However if very severe long-standing obstruction is suspected, an ECG and echocardiography are helpful in assessing ventricular thickness and function and to check for evidence of pulmonary hypertension.


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