Improvement of sleep-disordered breathing in children is associated with a reduction in overnight blood pressure

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Childhood sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with elevated blood pressure (BP); however, little is known about the long-term outcomes in this population. We aimed to assess long-term changes in overnight BP in children with SDB. METHODS: Forty children with previously diagnosed SDB and 20 nonsnoring control participants underwent repeat overnight polysomnography (PSG) with continuous BP measurement 4years after the original diagnosis. At follow-up, children aged 11-16years were categorized into 2 groups of resolved (absence of snoring and obstructive apnea-hypopnea index [OAHI]1) or unresolved (continued to snore or had an OAHI >1) SDB. RESULTS: There were no group differences in age, sex, or body mass index (BMI) z score. OAHI was lower at follow-up (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1295 - 1303
Number of pages9
JournalSleep Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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