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Paper of the Day - Call for sleep disorder screening in COPD patients

Patients with COPD should be screened for the obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS), researchers say.

The screening call comes from Greek researchers who surveyed 1501 patients with COPD (confirmed by a respiratory physician) and found that COPD patients were twice as likely to present with daytime sleepiness, and were also more likely than non-COPD patients to present with frequent snoring and pauses in their breathing.

The researchers found no link in patients with asthma.

They conclude: ‘The increased likelihood of OSAHS related symptoms in COPD patients in contrast with asthmatic patients designates them as another target group for the screening of OSAHS in the primary care setting.'

Primary Care Respiratory Journal 2007;16:222-228.

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