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Aortic Root Dilatation in Marfan's Syndrome : A Contribution From Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Peter A. Cistulli; Ian Wilcox; Richmond Jeremy; Colin E. Sullivan
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Affiliations: From the Sleep Disorders Centre, Department of Respiratory Medicine, and Marfan Clinic, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia,  From the Sleep Disorders Centre, Department of Respiratory Medicine, and Marfan Clinic, Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia,  From the Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Affiliations: From the Sleep Disorders Centre, Department of Respiratory Medicine, and Marfan Clinic, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia,  From the Sleep Disorders Centre, Department of Respiratory Medicine, and Marfan Clinic, Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia,  From the Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Affiliations: From the Sleep Disorders Centre, Department of Respiratory Medicine, and Marfan Clinic, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia,  From the Sleep Disorders Centre, Department of Respiratory Medicine, and Marfan Clinic, Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia,  From the Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia


1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1997;111(6):1763-1766. doi:10.1378/chest.111.6.1763
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Abstract

We report two cases of Marfan's syndrome with coexistent obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in which treatment with nasal continuous positive airway pressure was associated with attenuation of aortic root dilatation, a serious complication of the syndrome. We speculate that coexistent OSA promotes progressive aortic dilatation in some patients with Marfan's syndrome.


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