Assessment and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep-Disordered Breathing

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Abstract

Obstructive sleep-disordered breathing (OSDB) is a condition that affects 1% to 3% of the pediatric population. These disorders are difficult to diagnosis and left untreated may be serious, including not only medical comorbidities but also cognitive, academic, behavioral, and emotional sequelae. This article is designed to bring awareness of the severity and prevalence to family physicians and pediatricians. It reviews detailed information concerning OSDB, including the predisposing factors, assessment of presenting features, and treatment.

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