Elevated body position early after delivery increased airway size during wakefulness, and decreased apnea hypopnea index in a woman with pregnancy related sleep apnea

Stefanie Jung, Sebastian Zaremba, Anne Heisig, Matthias Eikermann

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Abstract

We report a patient with pregnancy related obstructive sleep apnea ([OSA]; apnea hypopnea index [AHI] 18/h) early after delivery, with improvement of AHI by 87% following 45-degree elevation in body position compared with the non-elevated position. Improvement associated with this position may be explained, at least in part, by an increased upper airway diameter (as measured during wakefulness). Sleep apnea in this patient resolved at 9 months postpartum. This observation suggests that 45-degree elevated body position may be an effective treatment of pregnancy related OSA during the postpartum period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)815-817
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
Volume10
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Polysomnography
  • Positional therapy
  • Post-partum
  • Pregnancy
  • Sleep apnea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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