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Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea in a Patient With Spinal Muscle Atrophy*

Michael Puruckherr, MD; Jay B. Mehta, MD, FCCP; Mirle R. Girish, MD, FCCP; Ryland P. Byrd, Jr, MD, FCCP; Thomas M. Roy, MD, FCCP
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*From The Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN.

Correspondence to: Ryland P. Byrd, Jr., MD, FCCP, Veterans Affairs Medical Center 111-B, PO Box 4000, Mountain Home, TN 37684-4000; e-mail: Ryland.Byrd@med.va.gov



Chest. 2004;126(5):1705-1707. doi:10.1378/chest.126.5.1705
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Patients with spinal muscle atrophy (SMA) who survive to adulthood experience a slow, continuous loss of motor function but typically have a normal life expectancy. These patients, however, require vigilance on the part of their health-care providers to reverse treatable disorders to maintain a satisfactory quality of life. We report on a patient with obstructive sleep apnea and type 3 SMA. The treatment of his sleep-disordered breathing resulted in the resolution of symptoms that were initially attributed to his neuromuscular disease.

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