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POINT: Is the Apnea-Hypopnea Index the Best Way to Quantify the Severity of Sleep-Disordered Breathing? Yes

David M. Rapoport, MD, FCCP
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FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: D. M. R. receives patent royalties through New York University from Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited and Sefam Medical, Ltd for CPAP modifications; consulting fees and grant support from Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited; and consulting fees from BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc, Morphy, Inc, and Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: David M. Rapoport, MD, FCCP, Sleep Disorders Center, Bellevue Hospital, 462 First Ave, Room 7N2, New York, NY 10016


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(1):14-16. doi:10.1378/chest.15-1319
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Over the past 30 years, we have come to appreciate that during sleep there is a spectrum of obstructive breathing physiology ranging from mild snoring to severe OSA syndrome. By some estimates, significant abnormalities of breathing during sleep may affect as much as 15% to 20% of the adult population and 5% to 10% of children. The obesity epidemic makes it likely that these numbers will increase.

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