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What Is 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whether OSAS WITH CENTRAL APNEA is recoverable ?with in how many days it ll b recoverd.using auto cpap
My hubby s suffering from OSAS WITH CENTRAL APNEA,using a AUTO CPAP every night.but smtym he feel sudden jerk in daytimE.is it relates to his disease?
Probably: I would say likely It could be some type of electorlyte problems though. ...Read more
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
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?
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?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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