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A 36-year-old male asked:

Dx obst sleep apnea in 2019.if not using cpap may awaken with a single grating inhalation (stridor?) followed by normal breathing.internet says stridor not typical in osa &suggests mult syst atrophy.no other obvious symptoms of msa.cause for concern?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
True stridor in an adult is usually caused by vocal cord or tracheal abnormalities. You may have experienced a simple transient wheeze caused by mucus but if recurring episodes are noted, I'd recommend consulting an otolarygologist for evaluation and advice Appropriate testing will be done if deemed advisable.
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
Gasping during sleep and nocturnal awakening is a sign of sleep disturbance. Nasal passages should be kept clear with saline. A virtual consult with Healthtap is available. Discuss the reasons that you are not using the CPAP with the Pulmonologist.
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Last updated Oct 10, 2021


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