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STOP-BANG Questionnaire as a Screening Tool for Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea by Unattended Portable Monitoring Sleep Study FREE TO VIEW

Viral Doshi; Reuben Walia, MD; Christopher Parker, MD; Ahmed Awab, MD; Kellie Jones, MD; Christopher Aston, PhD
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Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine,University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma city, OK

Chest. 2015;148(4_MeetingAbstracts):1039A. doi:10.1378/chest.2241058
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SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster Discussion

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM

PURPOSE: Unattended portable monitor­ing sleep study is widely used for diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The STOP-BANG questionnaire is a well validated screening tool for diagnosis of OSA by an in- lab sleep study. However, performance of STOP-BANG as a screening tool for diagnosis of OSA in patients undergoing portable monitoring sleep study has not been well validated.

METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of patients older than 18 years who had unattended portable monitor­ing sleep study done at a VA medical center between June 2012 and October 2014. STOP-BANG questionnaire and Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS) were routinely done prior to study. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value (PPV) various STOP-BANG score thresholds were calculated for diagnosis of OSA defined by Apnea Hyponea Index (AHI) ≥5.

RESULTS: Out of 502 unattended portable monitoring sleep studies, there were 465 males and 37 females; 327 males and 36 females had BMI ≥30; 442 patients had AHI ≥5 by unattended portable monitoring study. STOP-BANG thresholds of ≥2 and ≥3 have high sensitivity of 99.8%, and 98.9%, respectively, but very low specificity. Higher score thresholds of ≥7 and 8 have high specificity of 95% and 98.3%, and PPV of 98.1% and 98.5%, respectively, but very low sensitivity. A threshold of ≥7 in patients with BMI ≥30 was 100% specific. The false negative rate for unattended portable monitoring sleep study compared to in-lab study was 80%.

CONCLUSIONS: STOP-BANG score thresholds of ≥7 and 8 are highly specific and have high PPV and therefore can potentially reduce need of diagnostic sleep studies. Score thresholds of ≤2 or ≤3 are highly sensitive for AHI ≥5 by unattended portable monitoring sleep study. A negative result in a highly sensitive test rules out disease, but unattended portable monitoring study is not as sensitive as in-lab sleep study and therefore, for STOP-BANG scores ≤2 or ≤3 again one may move directly to an in-lab sleep study to rule out obstructive sleep apnea due to the high false positive rate of the unattended portable monitoring sleep study.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: STOP-BANG score thresholds of ≥7 and 8 are highly specific and therefore can potentially reduce need of diagnostic sleep studies .For score thresholds of ≤2 or ≤3, one can avoid doing unattended portable monitoring and directly go for an in-lab study due to high false positive rate.

DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Viral Doshi, Reuben Walia, Christopher Parker, Ahmed Awab, Kellie Jones, Christopher Aston

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