Diagnostic techniques for obstructive sleep apnoea: Is polysomnography necessary?

Gillian M. Nixon, Robert T. Brouillette

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Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a common condition of childhood with significant associated morbidity. The comprehensive evaluation of children who present with suggestive symptoms involves the overnight recording and assessment of both sleep and respiration by polysomnography in a sleep laboratory. These studies require resources and facilities that are not widely available and thus simpler, more available and less expensive alternatives have been sought. This review discusses the available alternatives to polysomnography for the evaluation of the child with suspected obstructive sleep apnoea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalPaediatric Respiratory Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Child
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Obstructive
  • Polysomnography
  • Sleep
  • Sleep apnoea

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