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A 21-year-old male asked about a 73-year-old male:

when my grandfather sleeps, sometimes he can't wake up and make some snore sounds that are different than usual, until we send him to the hospital.

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Sleep Apnea: H e is 73 years old and has history of snoring.You took him to hospital.what did they do there He needs sleep studies beside examination for other conditions.May need Cpap which he can use at night time while sleeping Consult his Primary Care Doctor and have him checked thoroughly and get a referral for Sleep Studies
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Sleep apnea?: Sounds like that could be sleep apnea, an under-recognized sleep disorder. There's a test (sleep study) which can help to confirm/deny this. We tend to see it more in men, particularly those who are overweight. A visit to his doctor and an order for a sleep study would be a good place to start. Blood work, too (a slow thyroid can mimic sleep apnea).

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when a 7 month who sleeps 12 hours old snores through the night?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Often nothing: Often nothing; however, children generally snore much less often than adults. And anyone who snores can have a problem as a cause. Things such as large tonsils and adenoids (similar tissue to tonsils in the back of the throat) or anything that obstructs the airway can result in snoring. Bad allergies, or nasal congestion can as well as children tend to breath through their noses.Anything symptoms?

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Last updated Aug 20, 2015

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