Perioperative sleep apnea: A real problem or did we invent a new disease?

James E. Mojica, Sebastian Zaremba, Matthias Eikermann

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Depending on the subpopulation, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can affect more than 75% of surgical patients. An increasing body of evidence supports the association between OSA and perioperative complications, but some data indicate important perioperative outcomes do not differ between patients with and without OSA. In this review we will provide an overview of the pathophysiology of sleep apnea and the risk factors for perioperative complications related to sleep apnea. We also discuss a clinical algorithm for the identification and management of OSA patients facing surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number48
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Anaesthesiology
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Perioperative sleep apnea
  • Upper airway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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