Diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea during pregnancy

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Abstract

Purpose of review

This review aims to provide an update on recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) during pregnancy and its effect on maternal and fetal outcomes.

Recent findings

Current OSA screening tools may not perform well in this population. There are some pieces of evidence linking poorer maternal and neonatal outcome with pregnant patients having OSA. At present, there are inadequate data on which to base fetal or maternal parameters for treatment of OSA, and no evidence that treatment in the short-term impacts maternal or neonatal outcomes.

Summary

Further research is needed to help in the detection and treatment of OSA in pregnancy.

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