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Can having acid reflux lead to sleep apnea?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Donley
Dentistry
In brief: Not likely.
Not likely.
However, the opposite is a real possibility. The negative pressures present when one is struggling to take a breath can lead to bringing up acid from the stomach.

In brief: Not likely.
Not likely.
However, the opposite is a real possibility. The negative pressures present when one is struggling to take a breath can lead to bringing up acid from the stomach.
Dr. James Donley
Dr. James Donley
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Yes
By causing inflammation of the throat reflux can lead to swelling and narrowing of the airway thereby leading to obstruction and apnea.

In brief: Yes
By causing inflammation of the throat reflux can lead to swelling and narrowing of the airway thereby leading to obstruction and apnea.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Chicken & egg
It is unlikely that reflux causes apnea.
.. In a newborn it may by causing airway swelling from the irritation. It is more likely that apnea causes reflux - there is a strong relationship between apnea and reflux..

In brief: Chicken & egg
It is unlikely that reflux causes apnea.
.. In a newborn it may by causing airway swelling from the irritation. It is more likely that apnea causes reflux - there is a strong relationship between apnea and reflux..
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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