Guidelines for Diagnosing and Treating Sleep related Breathing Disorders in Adults and Children (Part 3: Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children, Diagnosis and Treatment)

Hippokratia 2010, 14(1):57-62

V. Tsara, A. Amfilochiou, JM. Papagrigorakis, D. Georgopoulos, E. Liolios, A. Kadiths, E. Koudoumnakis, E. Aulonitou, M. Emporiadou, M. Tsakanikos, A. Chatzis, M. Choulakis, G. Chrousos


Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in childhood is characterized by intermittent partial or complete collapse of the upper airway (obstructive hypopnea or apnea). Airflow reduction or even cessation may be associated with lung hypoventilation and hypoxemia or compromise normal sleep architecture.