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What is obstructive or central apnea?

What is obstructive or central apnea?

Apnea: Hello. The diagnosis of apnea (a temporary stoppage of respiration or breathing) depends on the cause. Central means that the brain isn't sending the appropriate neural impulses for breathing. Obstructive apnea refers to an anatomical blockage (most commonly upper airway like tongue, tonsils and/or soft palate) causing the breathing to stop. Both are dangerous and need evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


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What does central sleep apnea syndrome mean?

What does central sleep apnea syndrome mean?

Central sleep apnea: It means that your brain is not sending the "you have to breath signal" to your chest and lungs. Your airways remain open in this case. You will need a special ventilator that breath for you when you don`t get the order. ...Read more

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What happens if central.sleep apnea goes untreated? I had a sleep study and can't tolerate the cpap. I'm so scared. what test should I have?

What happens if central.sleep apnea goes untreated? I had a sleep study and can't tolerate the cpap. I'm so scared. what test should I have?

Try again : Sleep apnea can cause a fair number of problems over the years. Getting used to a CPAP takes time and you need to work with your respiratory therapist to get the appropriate fitting. If you absolutely cannot use the CPAP surgery may need to be considered but should be the last resort. Sleep apnea should not be ignored ...Read more

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Can central apnea be treated?

Yes: There are treatments for sleep apnea.. The first step is to have an overnight sleep study and be diagnosed. Then you can discuss the treatment options with the sleelp medicine specialist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Central apnea?

What is the definition or description of: Central apnea?

Central: Centrally mediated (CNS) lack of breathing stimulation. As opposed to obstructive (airway blockage) of air movement. Sleep apnea can be central, obstructive, or mixed. ...Read more

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I have central apnea. It isn't just when I am asleap. Why?

Central apnea: Central apnea is from dysfunction of the systems that control your respiratory drive. It is seen in patients with cardiovascular disease like heart failure and strokes. It can also occur at high altitude. It is a completely different mechanism from obstructive sleep apnea and does not have to cccur during sleep. ...Read more

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Central apnea--do I need drug or cpap?

It depends: You may need both or either one depending on how one may benefit you over the other. CPAP can still help central apnea but a bit more tricky. You should have more discussion with a sleep medicine doctor to get a game plan to improve your quality of life. ...Read more

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Whether OSAS WITH CENTRAL APNEA is recoverable ?with in how many days it ll b recoverd.using auto cpap

OSA. : The effect of overnight CPAP for the treatment of sleep apnea is almost immediate. Patients typically feel notably better upon awakening the first morning after use. ...Read more

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Can't find reason for excessive fatigue. My spine mess-could central apnea be caused by my diseased cervical spine?

Not cervical spine: Central sleep apnea is caused by brain control center and is rare although possible. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and is related to obesity. Overnight pulse ox can diagnose either problem. CPAP is treatment. Now, cardiac problems can also cause fatigue such as ischemic heart disease. Do you have good sleep hygiene? Look at the basics first and correct. May need sleep study, echo etc. ...Read more

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Once in awhile i wake up gasping for air. If this usually only happens if I am laying on my back with only one pillow, does this mean it is less likely to be central apnea caused by a brain tumor?

Once in awhile i  wake up gasping for air. If this usually only happens if I am laying on my back with only one pillow, does this mean it is less likely to be central apnea caused by a brain tumor?

Obstructive: Central apnea is when a person isn't even trying to breath. Since you were gasping, that means there was effort and likely an obstruction. A sleep test (polysomnogram) would be best to determine what is happening. ...Read more

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18 month, only 19 lbs and shes on a feeding tube and has central apnea. A biopsy was done on her lungs doctor said white spots were found. What is it?

18 month, only 19 lbs and shes on a feeding tube and has central apnea. A biopsy was done on her lungs doctor said white spots were found. What is it?

Can't answer: You need to talk to your doctor. Your child may be at high risk for aspiration (inhalation of stomach juices) which can cause lung problems. But, one usually does not get a lung biopsy in these cases. ...Read more

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Chiari, Sjogrens, occipital neuralgia, central apnea, hypertension, tachycardia before ablation, urin. Retention, now vestibular disease. All related?

Tough question: It's unusual to have several separate uncommon conditions, as a coincidence, but it does happen. There's always a way to tie conditions together, into one condition or it's treatment. Nothing particular comes to mind, that catches all conditions separately, but a thorough history, physical examination, and review of all testing results, by your doctor can help answer the question. Take care. ...Read more

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How do you treat central sleep apnea?

How do you treat central sleep apnea?

Depends: First the cause of the central sleep apnea should be treated. Very sophisticated machines called asv (adaptive servoventilation) can treat the central sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I have "central sleep apnea." what is cure?

I have "central sleep apnea." what is cure?

See cardiologist: Central sleep apnea is most commonly a reflection of heart failure and will improve if heart condition is treated and improved. There are other predominantly neurological causes that are much harder to treat, but they are uncommon. Specialized breathing machine can mitigate central sleep apnea. ...Read more

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If I have central sleep apnea will a mad help?

If I have central sleep apnea will a mad help?

Sleep apnea: Mads are designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea. They are not considered appropriate for central apneas. ...Read more

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Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is not intended to determine which one is milder, they just have different ways to treat them. In general, treatment compliance is an important factor that affects treatment outcomes of both. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about central sleep apnea disorder in children?

Can you tell me about central sleep apnea disorder in children?

Airway obstruction : Nearly 100% of children with sleep apnea have 1) huge tonsils and adenoids or 2) poorly developed sinuses with mouth breathing or 3) children that snore. Have sleep apnea identified and treated ! ...Read more

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What is the difference between central sleep apnea and regular apnea?

What is the difference between central sleep apnea and regular apnea?

Obstruction vs CO2: Central apnea is caused by the brain's inability to respond to elevated co2 (carbon dioxide) levels in the blood. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the collapse of the airway when the muscles of the throat, tongue, and possibly the palate when they are flaccid/paralyzed during the deeper stages of sleep. Osa responds well to CPAP and dental devices. Central may not. ...Read more

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Dr. Seema Khosla
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Central Apnea (Definition)

Centrally mediated (CNS) lack of breathing stimulation. As opposed to obstructive (airway blockage) of air movement. Sleep apnea can be ...Read more