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What are the differences between sleep apnea and nocturnal hypoxemia?

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
23 years experience in Internal Medicine
2 different condtion: sleep apnea is when there is a cessation of airflow with sleep and breathing. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea when the upper airway gets blocked. Nocturnal hypoxia is a general term for low oxygen with sleep. Sleep apnea can cause nocturnal hypoxia, though many other conditions can cause nocturnal hypoxia without sleep apnea such as copd or heart disease.
Answered on Jan 26, 2020
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