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can sleep apnea cause low oxygen level?

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Dr. Rashed Hasan
30 years experience Pediatrics
Sleep apnea: One of the features of sleep apnea is that the oxygen level and hemoglobin-oxygen saturation (the amount of oxygen carried in the blood to the tissues) declines
Answered on Jan 27, 2020
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang answered
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes,: Both obstructive and central sleep apnea can lead to a decreased gas exchange in the lung through either decreased airflow or disturbed ventilation during the sleep and subsequently result in low oxygen level in blood.
Answered on Jan 27, 2020
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