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Sleep disordered breathing 

Sleep disordered breathing
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Sleep disordered breathing
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10.1093/med/9780199202447.003.0041
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date: 15 October 2019

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Sleep disordered breathing is a relatively new area of respiratory medicine. It encompasses two broad and sometimes overlapping groups: the first and largest is obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), and the second is the nocturnal hypoventilatory disorders. Both require nocturnal respiratory support, usually via a nasal or face mask, although sometimes via a tracheostomy. The on-call acute physician will be consulted about patients who have sleep disordered breathing and hence should be aware of the diagnoses and the therapies....

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