Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: how we screen and diagnose?]


FEBRUARY 28, 2017

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2017;30(01)

[The obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is known to cause obstructive apneas and hypopneas mostly with desaturations and/or arousals caused by repetitive collapse of the upper airway system during sleep. The disorder negatively affects sleep efficacy and daytime neurocognitive functions as well as increases cardiovascular risks. The typical clinical presentation is excessive daytime sleepiness and loud snoring interrupted by brief pauses of breathing. Its prevalence is 2-4% in the general population. It may be a causative factor in some disorders such as therapy resistant hypertension, nocturnal cardiac arrhythmias, stroke, cognitive decline or depression. Significance of the disorder is highlighted by the fact that its risk must be evaluated by the family doctors during the examination of medical suitability for driving licence in Hungary. ]


  1. SomnoCenter Szeged, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Központ
  2. Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Családorvosi Tanszék
  3. Magyar Honvédség Egészségügyi Központ Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Centrum



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