Associations of Moderate to Severe Asthma with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Min Kwang Byun ; Seon Cheol Park ; Moo Suk Park ; Chul Min Ahn ; Joon Chang ; Hyung Jung Kim ; Se Kyu Kim ; Young Sam Kim ; Yoon Soo Chang
Yonsei Medical Journal, Vol.54(4) : 942~948, 2013
Yonsei Medical Journal
This study aimed to evaluate the correlation between associating factors of moderate to severe asthma with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
One hundred and sixty-seven patients who visited the pulmonary and sleep clinic in Severance Hospital presenting with symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing were evaluated. All subjects were screened with ApneaLink. Thirty-two subjects with a high likelihood of having OSA were assessed with full polysomnography (PSG).
The mean age was 58.8±12.0 years and 58.7% of subjects were male. The mean ApneaLink apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was 12.7±13.0/hr. The mean ApneaLink AHI for the 32 selected high risk patients of OSA was 22.3±13.2/hr, which was lower than the sleep laboratory-based PSG AHI of 39.1±20.5/hr. When OSA was defined at an ApneaLink AHI≥5/hr, the positive correlating factors for OSA were age, male gender, and moderate to severe asthma.
Moderate to severe asthma showed strong correlation with OSA when defined at an ApneaLink AHI≥5/hr.